Delia Locke


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at Susie's visiting. Mr. & Mrs. Asher Read are still in W. Territory. Augusta is very glad to get back to California. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Feb. 17. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton has washed for me today. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.) Feb. 18. Thursday. Augusta and her children have been here all day. She takes the care of children as a great burden, as she always did. She has not named her little boy. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) Feb. 19. Friday. The weather is cloudy. We do hope it will rain. Mrs. Norton has been here at work today, and with Mrs. Read and children has left tonight. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Feb. 20. Saturday Weather still cloudy. We have received litters from home, containing photographs of Father, Mother and Johnny. O how sweet to look upon those dear faces, especially mother's. It is the first I have seen of her for nearly nine years, except the picture I brought with me. Time has left his traces on her countenance as on the rest of ours. O that she might have been Feb. 21. Sabbath spared! My dear mother, when shall I see your face to face? (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Feb. 22. Monday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Feb. 23. Tuesday. Mrs. Read and Lizzie dined with us today. They expect to go back soon. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Feb. 24. Wednesday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 64.) Feb. 25. Thursday. This is the date of a great time in Lockeford. Susan Fincher and John Land were married about three o'clock at Mr. Clark's. A great dinner was prepared and most of the village were invited, as well as some from abroad. We were invited, and Dr. attended, but I was too unwell from sick headache. Mr. Miller was the officiating clergyman, and he with Mrs. Miller called here and left two children in my charge, while they attended the wedding. Lewis Megerle and Rosa Robbins stood up with the bride and bridegroom. It was altogether quite an affair. This forenoon the children visited Mr. Wermenth's school with their father. Ida is not very well. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Feb. 26. Friday. The wind has blown hard today. We have two little rabbit and two goslings as pets. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Feb. 27. Saturday. Today, the second after their marriage, Mr. Land and his wife have separated. The cause is the interference of Clark in some matter where Mr. Land had expressed his preference to Susan. She yielded to Clark rather than to her husband, and he has concluded to leave. So soon are the marriage vows broken by her. And all the scandal ever told of her and Clark is revived, not without a show of truth. Such is life! He is about to leave for parts unknown. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Feb. 28. Sabbath. Cold morning. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Feb. 29. Monday. This is Leap year day, the last of the month. Feb. is past and we have no rain. The grass and crops are fast drying up. Frosty mornings and bright days have been the order of the month, with winds which have done much to help on the drought. On the upland nothing can be raised, and on the bottom lands but very little. Flour and grain are rapidly advancing in price also hay. It almost seems as if a famine would prevail, great scarcity must, unless rain falls very soon. Many are leaving for Washoe. This is certainly the dryest time I have ever known. Grandpa worries and worries all the time and makes everything seem as unpleasant as he can. But if there is no real evil for him to fret about, he will imagine something, so that he may never be destitute of a cause for worriment (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) Mar. 1. Tuesday. Uncle George Thomason was here to tea. He is always welcome visitor. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Mar. 2. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Mr. Thomason took breakfast here. Dr. started for Sacramento this morning. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Mar. 3. Thursday. Dr. has arrived home this evening, having made a very quick trip to and from the Capital. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Mar. 4. Friday. Rev. T. Starr King died this morning at San Francisco of diphtheria, after a short illness. He was a brilliant orator, a true patriot and a very generous man. He will be much missed, for in his death the country has met with a great less. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 54.) Mar. 5. Saturday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Mar. 6. Sabbath. I have written to my parents, Subjects of my letter were. Visit from Augusta - Land's marriage & separated

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January 1864

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