Delia Locke


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Sept. 21. Thursday. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Sept. 22. Friday. Today Luther picked from our vines a bunch of grapes weighing two pounds. He noticed it was very large, and thoughtfully laid it by itself and brought it to me as a choice bunch. I praised his good judgment and though fulness, for I think he showed more than most boys of his age would have done. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Sept. 23. Saturday. Mrs. Gorham called this afternoon. It is very difficult to converse with her, she is so deaf. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) Sept. 24. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today and Mr. Guernsey preached one of his best sermons. Dr. thinks he has not heard a better sermon in Cal. His text was "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. "After the meeting, he came home with us and dined. He is a very pleasant old man, and we enjoyed his visit much. He was greatly interested in looking at the children's Journals, and said he had lived in seven different states of the Union, but had never heard of children's keeping Journals until now. After he left, the wind rose high and blew in strong gusts, and about sunset it rained quite a shower. Dr. was called to go and see Father, who was quite sick, and he got quite wet coming home. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 57.) Sept. 25. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Sept. 26. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) Sept. 27. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 70.) Sept. 28. Thursday. This morning, Dr. with Luther, Ada and Howard, Grandpa also started for the Stockton Fair. I could not go for Ida and Horace Mann both have sore throats, and I think Ida is threatened with a severe attack. She seems quite sick, and I think we must be careful to administer the proper remedies. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Smith were here to dinner. Mrs. Smith (David's wife) has just arrived from Fort Ruby across the plains with two children. His discharge will not be granted before December. She drove the ox team a part of the way herself. She is an English woman, and was a widow when he married her. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) Sept. 29. Friday. Dr. and the little ones have returned safely from Stockton Fair. They report not much of interest to be seen there Horace Mann is better but Ida is still quite sick and her lips and gums are getting sore. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) Sept. 30. Saturday. This morning I made preparations to receive those who would come to number the new S.S. books which Mr. Wallace bought for our library in San Francisco This afternoon, Susie alone came, and she and I have numbered and marked them all. Mrs. Gorham called in before we finished. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Oct. 1. Sabbath. The day has been cool and quite cloudy this afternoon. We attended S. school this morning. This afternoon we have read three of the new S.S. books. They are very good ones. Mr. Wallace's selections seem to have been excellent. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Oct. 2. Monday. The weather today has been cloudy, and we had a slight shower this morning. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Oct. 3. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 72.) Oct. 4. Wednesday. School commenced today with Mr. Cranmer as teacher. Mr. Holden took tea with us. This eve Dr. and I have been to an apple bee at Susie's. A dozen or more people were there and three paring machines were kept running and it was estimated that 400 or more pounds of apples were cut for drying. Susie had provided an excellent supper, and George had his pitchers of cider to treat with, but cider pressed out that day could hardly be called cider. However, we Good Templars preferred not to partake of the same, and left it untasted. George is making it from rotten apples for vinegar. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 81.) Oct. 5. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 84.) Oct. 6. Friday. Weather very warm. I have had a quilting today. The first since I was married. We have been

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January 1865

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