Delia Locke


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1867. Jan. 1. Tuesday. The New Year opens cheerfully upon me, and I desire to be truly grateful to our kind Father in Heaven for all our blessings. I often shrink from considering the responsibility that rests upon me as a Mother, but I pray that I may have grace to perform all my duties in a right manner. Our family now numbers eighteen. Dr. and myself and seven children, Mr. Brown Mr. Rock. Edward Gibbons and six Chinamen. The afternoon is cloudy. Mrs. Geo. Rogers called. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Jan. 2. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Jan. 3. Thursday. Still cloudy. We have had a sing here this eve, and Mr. & Mrs. Beanvais were added to our usual number. We had a good time. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 4. Friday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Melissa Atkins was buried today by the brick church. She was at work in Stockton and was taken sick with fever and died. This is a sudden and painful bereavement to the family. We have today heard of Mr. Wallace's marriage with Miss Derby, also of Miss Campbell's marriage with Mr. Huntington. They were married on Christmas. We also learn that N. Holman has been appointed Postmaster for this place, but has not yet secured bonds. This is one of the results of Johnson's administration in favor of rebels. Holman has been a strong rebel sympathize, and is too ignorant to read or write the English language. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Jan. 5. Saturday. We have had heavy showers, and no meeting of the Lodge. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 6. Sabbath. The morn was cloudy. We have had a sing for rehearsing prices for singing in church. I have not felt able to attend the S. school. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 7. Monday. The morning was foggy. I have written to Miss White of San Francisco. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.) Jan. 8. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Jan. 9. Wednesday. Cold. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Jan. 10. Thursday. I have had visitors this afternoon. There were Mrs. and Addie Andrews, Mrs. Beanvais and children Mother and Clara. This eve we have had a sing - the usual singers were present in addition to the above together with James Andrews. It was a profitable time. (T.S.T. 36. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Jan. 11. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Jan. 12. Saturday. The weather continues windy, cloudy and rainy. No Lodge meeting this evening. George Franklin has been having fits today, and last night. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 13. Sabbath. We have attended church. Mr. Guernsey was the preacher. His text was, "Thon hast the words of eternal life." We learn from Mr. Kett that Mr. Fay is dead. He died in Sonora on the 5th instant, after a lingering and painful illness, "without hope". It is very sad to think of. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.) Jan. 14. Monday. I went to see Mrs. Brown this afternoon and found her sick in bed, with chills and fever. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Jan. 15. Tuesday. I was busy washing this afternoon, when I was interrupted by callers - Mr. & Mrs. Guernsey and Mrs. McNeil. Mrs. Guernsey is a very large woman. This is the first time I have seen her. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Jan. 16. Wednesday. Olive and Mary Brakeman came to visit Ada, but she had gone to see Alice Montgomery and Lura Smith. She is trying to get new subscribers to the Youth's Companion - got one. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Jan. 17. Thursday. The morning was foggy and the night is rainy. I went with Dr. this afternoon to Mrs. Andrews' and took tea there. Dr. returned home and Messrs. Kett and Tower took our buggy and went down and I rode home with them. A well - filled buggy we had, and a good sing, too. The usual singers were there and Mr. Geffroy is addition. Mr. Bearovais had gone home. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.)

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January 1867

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