Delia Locke


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1864. Jan. 30. Saturday. The weather is very damp and chilly. We have received a letter from Josiah, who is attending the Normal School. He says there are fifty or sixty female pupils in the school and only three male pupils. Also only three from San Joaquin County. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 42.) Jan. 31. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and rainy. This afternoon, Ida was walking across the floor, when she stumbled and fell over Ada's foot. She cried for a long time, but we did not think she could be hurt badly. However, she can not stand on her left leg at all, and complains on being moved. I hope she will be better in the morning. A lodge of Good Templars - called Rescue Lodge, has been organized in the Hall this eve, by a Mr. Johnson. Dr. has joined them. There are eleven charter members. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 47.) Feb. 1. Monday. The morn was foggy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Feb. 2. Tuesday. Morn again foggy. The oak tree, near the front door has been felled today, to make room for the new front to be built to the house. To part with that seems almost like parting with an old friend. How I wish I knew how long it has stood, and what varied scenes it has witnessed. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Feb. 3. Wednesday. Dr. has started for San Francisco today. Luther went with him to Stockton and drove the team (Bill in the light wagon) in, and back alone since dinner. We think this quite a feat for a boy less than eight years old. He arrived home at a quarter past seven o'clock. He says the way seemed rather long coming back, and that he was pretty tired. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Feb. 4. Thursday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Feb. 5. Friday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Feb. 6. Saturday. Mary Burt (formerly Mary McDowell) called here this afternoon with three children. What a change since she lived here in 56. She is now a large woman. We have received letters from home. Father is very anxious to get back, but has not yet been able to sell the homestead. They speak of girls who have grown from little girls to womanhood since I left. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61.) Feb. 7. Sabbath. Today I fixed up the five children and myself, and went into the Hall expecting to have a Temperance lecture from Mr. Johnson. Grand Lecturer to the Good Templars, as such had been appointed. Susie also came over with her children. But to our disappointment, Mr. Johnson though present, did not deign to lecture, though there must have been about twenty people in all, who had collected to hear him. He is a cripple, and a very disagreeable looking man. Mrs. Lacock has been in here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Feb. 8. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Feb. 9. Tuesday. Mrs. Norton called this afternoon. Dr. has arrived home from San Francisco, in good health. He says Augusta and her three children came up with him to her father's, for a visit. Miss White has returned from New Hampshire, and is again teaching in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Feb. 10. Wednesday. It has been very windy today. Mr. & Mrs. Compton with John came and took dinner with us, also Mr. Foster and Eddy, also Mrs. Harrer and a large boy. Ida is now twenty two months old. Her weight is twenty five pounds, so that she is the third in size, only Luther and Howard being larger. It has now been eleven days since the accident to her leg, and she is just beginning to walk a little, limping badly. We think it nothing but a severe sprain. She talks as well, if not better, than either of the others did, and learns anything very readily. She is very fond of a book and pictures, and is but little trouble, though I have had to lift her about a great deal of late, because she could not walk. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) Feb. 11. Thursday. Still windy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Feb. 12. Friday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 49.) Feb. 13. Saturday. Mrs. Lacock has called today, also Emma Holman Emma is intending to teach soon. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Feb. 14. Sabbath. I have today written to my parents. Subjects of my letter Luther drove team from Stockton alone - Improvements in front yard - Lodge of Good Templars - Sewing - Children Ida hurt her leg. Chinaman at work - Fowl - house - Augusta at her Father's Lack of rain. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Feb. 15. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Feb. 16. Tuesday. Augusta made a short call this morning. She is now

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