Delia Locke


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1864Susie has been in as often as she could, combed my hair and taken some of my sewing home. The ladies who have called to see me, are Miss Derby and Miss Campbell, Mrs. Brakeman, Mrs. Doom, Mrs. Wilson Lucy Perkins, Miss White, Mrs. Gove and Mrs. Cahill. Soon after I came home from Mother's, Dr. was called to see Mrs. Geo. Flood. He was absent two and one-half days, and as I was mostly alone, I exerted myself so much that I became very sick again. Mother left me in the house alone one night with the care of all the children when I could not even help myself off the bed. Having so much care when I was so weak prevented my sleeping, and I could not sleep in the daytime, so I lost what I had gained in health. A sad accident has occurred in our neighborhood. Oct. 20th, Mr. Holman's store took fire some way on the inside in the evening and burned to the ground. Isador and Sammy slept in the second story. When they were awaked, the fire was all around and over them, and Isador only escaped by jumping from the roof of the piazza. Sammy, who was never fairly roused, was burned to death. Mrs. Holman, almost frantic, screamed constantly so that I could hear her in my room, "O save Sammy," etc. Her screams rung in my ears all night, and the shock to my nervous system nearly made me sick again. The store and goods were well insured. We hope Mrs. Holman will not become insane, but this is much feared. The children are now improving in health very fast, Mrs. Rogers has called today. The weather is cloudy, and we have had a little rain - the first of the season but hardly enough to lay the dust. Dr. and Mr. Satterlee started this morning for Sac. city and from thence Dr. goes to San Francisco to purchase goods for the store. We shall be lonely enough without him. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Oct. 25. Tuesday. The funeral of Mrs. Miner was attended at the brick church this forenoon. She died on Sabbath night. I feel her death as a great loss. Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Day's mother - died while I was sick, of fever. The Day family have nearly all been sick with typhoid fever, and Clara also has been very sick with the same. She seemed better when Dr. left, but she is getting worse again. Mr. Satterlee has returned from Sac. this eve. Miss Derby called this eve. I have written to the Dr. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Oct. 26. Wednesday. The afternoon was cloudy and it is rainy tonight (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Oct. 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Oct. 28. Friday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work today. I have written to the Dr. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Oct. 29. Saturday. The wind blows hard. We have received a letter from the Dr. He is to arrive home on next Tuesday. How weary seem the hours until he comes. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Oct. 30. Sabbath. A cold, high wind blows today. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.) Oct. 31. Monday. Mrs. Rogers has been here at work. Miss Derby called this eve. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Nov. 1. Tuesday. Dr. has returned this eve and has received a hearty welcome. Clara has been growing worse all the week, and now when Dr. sees her, he says she has diphtheria, and he thinks there is very small chance of her living long. Her cheeks are badly swollen and her breath is very offensive. Besides she has diarrhea and is indeed very low. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Nov. 2. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Nov. 3. Thursday. This eve I walked over to see Clara. It is the first time I have been out of the yard since my sickness. She is a little more comfortable. Rosa and Mrs. Alexander just called in this eve. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Nov. 4. Friday. Emma Kerr called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59.) Nov. 5. Saturday. Mr. Wallace has received a letter form Mr. Brumbach. People have supposed him dead. He is safe in Illinois, but wishing to get back to Cal. He writes that he thinks of coming back next summer, if he can. He would not believe he should ever tire of Illinois, while here. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.)

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January 1864

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