Delia Locke


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1869. May 13. Thursday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) May 14. Friday. A Harris boy came with a broken collar - bone, and I helped the Dr. to make a "harness" as he calls it, to bind it up and keep it in place. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 61.) May 15. Saturday. This forenoon, thinking it might benefit me, I rode out with Ada. We stopped at the door at Mr. Philip Megerle's and had a little talk with Mrs. M. but did not get out there. Then we went on to Mr. John Smith's and made a call. Found them all well, and had a pleasant interview. Returned home very hoarse and very weary. Had company to dinner - Mr. Tharp and son. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) May 16. Sabbath. Have not been able to attend meeting. Mr. Guernsey preached in Mr. Powell's absence in the afternoon, and Mr. Gibson in the evening. Hannah called after the preaching this afternoon. She and Mr. Geffroy, with the baby, have been on a two weeks’ visit to San Francisco, leaving Mabel with Mother, until she too went there, and then with Mrs. Wilcoxon. She was speaking of the celebration of the completion of the Pacific Railroad which occurred on Monday last at San Francisco but more especially at Sacramento. This mighty work has been accomplished in a much shorter space of time than was, by any, anticipated, even the most sanguine, and telegraphic communication now passes from New York to San Francisco in two or three minutes. Geo. and Susie and children arrived from San Francisco this eve, and stopped here to supper. Susie, Mother and Mrs. Wallace have been to attend the annual S.S. Convention. Mother was sick with the chills the most of the time while there. Susie gave me a photograph of her children, just taken there. She left Wallace here while the others went to the evening meeting. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) May 17. Monday. This afternoon I have had callus - Mrs. Taylor Mrs. W. Smith and Mrs. Wilcoxon, also Mrs. Bishop had tooth extracted. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) 1869. May 18. Tuesday. The morning was cloudy. Taylor Wilcoxon started for Gilroy, near which place he has a Ranch. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 58.) May 19. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Little Hannah is now a year and a half old, and her weight is the same as it has been for three months past - twentyfour pounds. She is the second in size, only Luther and Howard being larger. She has the same number of teeth that Horace and Mary had, viz. twelve, four more than Willard had. But she is more forward than were Horace, Mary or Willard, for she walks well now all over the house and talks as well or better than either of the children did. When she sees herself in the looking glass she will say, "O see that baby." She speaks all our names but Willard's, including her own, and tries to say almost anything she hears. She has but little hair as yet, and very bright blue eyes. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) May 20. Thursday. Rainy in the morning, and cloudy the rest of the day. Mother made a short call this evening. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.) May 21. Friday. I was not able to attend the Lodge this evening. The weather is cloudy and cold - very uncommon weather for this time of the year. At no time yet this year, has the thermometer risen to 90º. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.) May 22. Saturday. Rainy in the morning, the rest of the day cloudy. Geo. and Susie have celebrated their tin wedding today. A week ago they had been ten years married, but being absent from home on that day they concluded to have the celebration today. They had a merry party there, and a very nice supper - the table, which was out of doors, being set entirely with tin dishes. They had no minister present, but the bridesmaid - Mrs. Greenlaw. (formerly Miss Smart) was there from Sacramento, with her husband and three children. I was not able to go the others went. Mrs. Brooks called this afternoon. I learn from the Pacific, that Alice - twin daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Blakeslee, died on the 12th just aged 7 years and 7 mos. How sad for them! (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S. S. 58.)

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January 1869

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