Delia Locke


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1866 July 24. Tuesday. This morning we had a shower of rain rather out of season, it would seem. I have had three callers today. Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Hoxie and Mrs. Brown. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 71.) July 25. Wednesday. Today I have had the sick headache severely. This is nothing uncommon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) July 26. Thursday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.) July 27. Friday. A very warm day. Mrs. Tower called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 84.) July 28. Saturday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 72.) July 29. Sabbath. We have attended church. Mr. Guernsey preached a very good sermon from Ps. 19. 7. "The law of the Lord is perfect". It is not every preacher who can so interest his hearers as Mr. Guernsey can. If people would follow the exhortations he gave today, there would be a great change in the morals of this community. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 67.) July 30. Monday. This afternoon I called at the tavern to see Mr. Keating. His health has been failing for a long time past, and he left his home in Stockton and came to Lockeford to try and regain it. He seemed to be improving in health until July 4th. when he went to Stockton, and returning to this place in the evening, he took cold, which immediately made him worse again, and he has continued to grow worse since that time. For a week or two past, his sister and little daughter, which compose his entire family, have been here with him. He is very low indeed. His arms & hands, feet and legs are bloated so much that the skin on them shines. He cannot continue long. His sister is almost heart broken. She says she has no other relative in this country. They are Irish. I have also called on Mrs. Smith. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) July 31. Tuesday Mrs. Keating died this morning. He dropped away suddenly without seeming worse. He is to be buried by the Odd Fellows in Stockton tomorrow, Mr. Ellis from Stockton is here today. He has been recommended as a good clerk for our store. Mr. Andrews dined here. He was acquainted with Mr. Ellis in Columbia, and it was singular that they should meet in this way. To Mr. Ellis, Columbia is the "par excellence" of California. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.) Aug. 1. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 81.) Aug. 2. Thursday. We have very unusual weather for this month. This morning we had a thunder shower, and this eve a beautiful rainbow appeared. This is not unlike the weather in N. E. in summer time, but has much the same appearance. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) Aug. 3. Friday. Mrs. George Rogers came in and took tea with us. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 80.) Aug. 4. Saturday. I have been to Susie's visiting today with Mother and Clara. After supper we went down in Geo.'s orchard. This is the first time I have been in that orchard for a number of years. The peach trees are loaded to breaking, but the peaches (small yellow) are not very excellent in flavor. There are some nice ripe apples and nectarines. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.) Aug. 5. Sabbath. We have today attended S. school. Mother had just received a letter from Abington, Mass. in which was a very pretty photograph of the Widow and little son of Cousin C. E. Stetson, who was a martyr to "Freedom's Cause" in the late war. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) Aug. 6. Monday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.) Aug. 7. Tuesday. This afternoon, I started with all seven of the children for Stockton. We went in the one horse wagon with Bill, and Luther for the driver. Dr. went in this morning, but came back tonight, and engaged our lodgings at the Magnolia. We met him on the road, coming out. The object of our going in at this time, is, to get our photographs, and Dr. has also engaged with Mr. Stuart to take them tomorrow. It is quite an undertaking for me to have the care of so many without the Dr. He can not remain in Stockton on account of his business. Uncomfortably warm. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.)

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January 1866

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