Delia Locke


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1869. and the girls, and proceeded to call with Mr. & Mrs. Holden, on Mr. & Mrs. Blessing. Shortly after, we started for home, arriving here about ten o'clock at night. I had a very pleasant visit. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Aug. 12. Thursday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 69.) Aug. 13. Friday. We had a very heavy dew this morning. In the Lodge we initiated one man by the name of Mr. Bell, a traveling newspaper Agent. We also installed the Officers for the present term. Dr. is our W. C. T. again and I am the W. V. T. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.) Aug. 14. Saturday. The Wilcoxon family moved from our house today to Howk's Corner. They have not dealt with us quite fairly, which made things unpleasant all around. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Aug. 15. Sabbath. I walked to the schoolhouse to meeting today, which I am not often able to do. Mr. Powell preached a good sermon from the parable of the man taking his journey into a far country, and leaving unto "every man his own work." He tried to impress upon our minds that each has his own work to perform, and if we fail to do it, it must go forever undone, as no one can do the work of another. Mrs. Huntington was there, having come up from San Francisco to visit Mrs. Wallace. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) Aug. 16. Monday. Mrs. Huntington and Mrs. Wallace called. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 81.) Aug. 17. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Aug. 18. Wednesday. Rev. Mr. Bryer dined here. He is on his way to Dixon, where, if he succeeds in his plans, he intends to remove his family. The "first person singular" is as prominent as ever with him. Mother called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) Aug. 19. Thursday. Little Hannah is now twentyone mos. old. She now has sixteen teeth, and has lost flesh getting these last, so that she now weighs but twenty one and one-half pounds, so that she is the smallest of all, though she has more teeth than Mary and Willie had. But about talking I think her perhaps the most forward of any. She speaks 1869. all our names but Willard's, and she does not speak his, because she cannot speak l in anything. She calls Luther - "susy." She will try to pronounce long sentences, and speaks them quite plainly. She calls cucumber, "cucunkey." (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Aug. 20. Friday. Today received a call from Mrs. P. A. and Mrs. Lucien Athearn and Mrs. Powell. Afterwards I called on Mrs. William Smith and went to the store. We had no Lodge meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Aug. 21. Saturday. A little past noon today, we received a call from Mr. & Mrs. Holden. They came in a buggy from Stockton, to interest us in an excursion on the cars, to be taken next week by their Cong. Society to Sac in order to help pay off the debt resting upon the new meeting house. Tickets to be obtained at half price, and cars hired from the Corporation. Mr. Powell and Geo. Locke came in, and it was thought that some of the Lockeford people would be likely to join in the company. After talking awhile, we went to see our church, then called on Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Huntington, afterwards at Mr. Geffroy's. Mrs. Holden played on the Organ there, and we sang a little. Soon they left us for Woodbridge, from which place they expected to return to Stockton tonight. Quite a drive for them, and it seems like a pleasant dream to me, that they have been here. I hope we can get Mrs. Holden to come and play on the Organ at the Dedication of the Church, to take place next month. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Aug. 22. Sabbath. This morning, Dr. and myself with Howard, Ida and Mary started in the wagon for the Brick Church to attend the Quarterly Meeting to be held there. Being early, we first rode to see Mr. Geo. Rogers, who has been and still is, quite sick. We found him sitting up, but very weak and feeble. He may recover, but he is so old, it is very doubtfull. He and his wife have lately returned from a year's sojourn in Los Angeles. We went to the meeting and heard Mr. Tansey preach from the

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January 1869

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