Delia Locke


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worked hard to get it. Dr. did not want the office but suffered his name to be put up in opposition to Mr. Cahill's, because he thought the interests of the school demanded it. The votes were counted just before sunset, and it was found that Dr. had one more vote than Cahill, so his friends went out on the street to drum up one or more votes for Cahill, if possible, but they did not succeed, so Dr. was elected. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.) Aug. 6. Sabbath. Mary is today sixteen months old and is by much the smallest babe of her age that we have had, as she weighs but seventeen pounds. She has as many teeth as any of them except Howard, viz. twelve. But she is very pale and thin, having just recovered partially from a very seven fit of sickness caused by teething. She can creep well, but does not walk. Indeed I do not think she will walk for months as she is so feeble. She is very fretful indeed, some days crying nearly all the time except when sleeping. She has not improved in talking any the past month that I can perceive. She has a hard time indeed getting her teeth. We have attended S. school today leaving her with Horace Mann. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) Aug. 7. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) Aug. 8. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) Aug. 9. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Aug. 10. Thursday. Mr. Wagner's youngest child was buried today in Stockton. It died yesterday morn after less than a day's sickness. This eve there has been a tea party at the Methodist church for the benefit of the preacher. Dr. and Hannah attended, and say there were nearly 150 persons present. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Aug. 11. Friday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) Aug. 12. Saturday. This morning Clara and John came up, and Ada and Ida went with them to Susie's then returned after dinner and passed the afternoon here. We learn that Henry Ward and Mary Jane Wilson went from the Tea party Thursday eve, and were married. Folks don't like it. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) Aug. 13. Sabbath. We have attended church today, leaving Mary with Luther. Mr. Guernsey press had from the text, "Godliness is profit able into all things", etc. As good sermon. The congregation was small. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.) Aug. 14. Monday. The nights and mornings seem much like Autumn, and have done so for some time. Sickness prevails to quite an extent. Indeed there is scarcely a family where all are well. The Phelps brothers came here tonight from Stockton. The wringer man has been here in Cal. but four months since he returned from the East. He went back with the intention of bringing his wife here when he came again, but she feared to come by water, says she will come when the Pair fir rail road is done. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 67.) Aug. 15. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) Aug. 16. Wednesday. Susie came over at noon with a severe pain in her head round her left eye. She is almost sick with it, and Hannah is sick with the chills. Sarah also is inclined to chills and fever. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) Aug. 17. Thursday. The afternoon is cloudy. Strong indications of early rains. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) Aug. 18. Friday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Aug. 19. Saturday. Mrs. Sylvester Rogers came and dined with us today. After dinner, we went over to the Lockeford House, in front of which the flag was presented to the Mokelumne Light Dragoons by Emma Holman. She made quite a lengthy presentation speech, to which her father, the Captain, replied in a speech more lengthy. The flag is donated by the ladies, at a cast of about fifty dollars, and is a very fine one. After the presentation, the company and friends sat down to a nice dinner prepared by Mr. Gorham. This afternoon, Hannah, Lucy Perkins and Mr. Hahn called. Lucy is teaching school in Petersburg, and leaves this place in the morning. I expected Mr. & Mrs. Chaplin to call here tonight, but they did not come. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

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January 1865

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