Delia Locke


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way down, called on Mrs. Rogers. Found her better, but not well. We next called on Aunt Hannah and persuaded her to accompany us down to the school. Visited the school and had a pleasant and interesting time. Josiah has excellent order, and the scholars are not averse to hard work, and seem to be improving well. Arrived home just before dark. Aunt Hannah says Augusta has a baby boy born on the 28th of Dec. four days after her arrival in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Jan. 13. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton washed here. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Jan. 14. Thursday. Weather still cloudy. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. Mrs. and Miss. Kibbe have called this evening. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Jan. 15. Friday. Still cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Jan. 16. Saturday. This afternoon, Mr. Clark assaulted George Locke at the store, bought him, and made his eyes pretty black. The cause of the difficulty between them, was George forbade the Clark boys crossing his land on their way to visit Messrs. Land and Harris, now settled on what was formerly Mr. Nim’s claim. They have had a trial tonight before Justice Holman, and Clark has been fined twenty dollars. We have attended the Division this eve, and had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 50.) Jan. 17. Sabbath. Calm and peaceful, an emblem of the "rest which remain eth for the people of God.” (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Jan. 18. Monday. Geo. Locke dined with us, also an Eastern man seeking work He says there has been so little rain that in many places it has not been thought expedient to put in a grain crop. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Jan. 19. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Flood with three children dined with us. This afternoon, Edna Kibbe and Emma Kerr have called. We have received letters from home containing bills of lading and insurance on goods which they have sent round the Horn. This looks like a move in this direction. Mother says they have sent bed-clothes and summer clothing. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 53.) Jan. 20. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton came and washed for me. The weather is very fine. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) Jan. 21. Thursday. Geo. Locke and Josiah dined with us. Josiah has bid us goodbye for the present. He expects to start tomorrow for San Francisco, where he is to attend the Normal School. He has long been wishing to do so, and with the advantages for improvement which he will there enjoy, we think he will make a very superior teacher. I fear the climate will not be conducive to his health, as he is subject to asthma. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.) Jan. 22. Friday. Already we are having pleasant Spring weather. It is dry and pleasant, the roads are as good as in summer and one would think the winter had past. People are wishing for rain. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59.) Jan. 23. Saturday. Still pleasant. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Jan. 24. Sabbath. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Josiah gone to San Francisco - Augusta has son - Packing dishes - Prices of clothing there - Children writing - Sewing - Pictures of Jesus - reading on Sabbath. Division - Robert Vance, W. P. Fine weather - Mr. Prescott going East. Mrs. Bragg and children have called this evening. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Jan. 25.Monday. I have been out shopping and making calls. I went first to the store, then to Mrs. Alexander's. Found Mrs. Miner has gone to Campo Leo to tend one of her sons who is sick of lung fever. I next went to see Mrs. Lacock who is making Dr. a pair of pants. Lastly, I went to bid Mrs. Prescott goodbye. She is in good health and spirits at present. Rosa Robbins, Mrs. Alexander, Susan and Mrs. Fincher were there. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) Jan. 26. Tuesday. Mrs. Norton has washed for me today. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) Jan. 27. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Rev. Mr. Curry dined with us. His family have moved to the Ranch formerly owned by Mr. Goodwin, not very far from here. I have not seen him before for a long time. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 28. Thursday. Mrs. Norton has been here at work. Mr. Prescott and family have left Lockeford, for Illinois. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 47.) Jan. 29. Friday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy - the coldest rain we have had this season. Luther drove the horse power for guiding barley until he got a chill. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.)

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January 1864

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