Delia Locke


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1869. text, "Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life." It was a good sermon, and his remarks upon profanity were excellent. If Jesus is our only way of access to the Father, how wicked to take that dear name "in vain." Came home with the sick headache and could not attend the meeting here. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) Aug. 23. Monday. Today we learn of Mr. Holman's marriage to Charlotte M. Given in San Francisco. And his first wife is still living. How dreadful! What a life he is leading! (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) Aug. 24. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 76.) Aug. 25. Wednesday. This has been quite a notable day to the children, five of them - the five oldest - riding on a Railroad for the first time in their lives. Indeed, most of them never saw a Railroad train before, and they richly enjoyed the pleasure. They have been with the Cong. Society of Stockton to Sac. City. There were seven crowded cars on the train, and the enterprise was a profitable me for the church ladies. Dr. went with the children, and Geo. and Susie went with their oldest children, leaving Wallace with me. They all visited the new Capitol - now in building - the car factories and machine shops of the great Pacific Railroad, etc. This Western Pacific Railroad passes so near us now, that it will be a great convenience, as it is the thorough fare from Sac. to San Francisco. The nearest Depot. Mokelumne near the long bridge, is about six miles away. Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Huntington called here this eve. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) Aug. 26. Thursday. Very warm weather. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Aug. 27. Friday. No Lodge meeting. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 81.) Aug. 28. Saturday. Benjamin Kerr came here today. He has grown so much. I should not have known him. He is not well, and has come out to recruit. Tonight I have been sick vomiting, and had quite a serious time. Change in weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) Aug. 29. Sabbath. We were invited to Mr. Plummer's wedding at Hawk's Corner, and went, but were too late to witness the ceremony Mr. Powell officiated, at five o'clock, at the house of Maggie's sister. Mr. Moore 1869. was the only guest besides ourselves, the family and the minister. We took supper there and returned home. I thought the ride would benefit me, as I have not felt well today. I forgot to mention Mr. Rock, who went with us. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) Aug. 30. Monday. John Calvin is now three months old, a nice healthy boy weighing fifteen pounds. He sucks the same fingers, and on the same hand, that Hannah does. Indeed, it seems as if he must have been looking at her to see how to do it. He will sometimes laugh aloud, and is a quiet child. Mr. & Mrs. Plummer also Benjamin Kerr, are here. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) Aug. 31. Tuesday. The weather is cloudy. Mr. & Mrs. Plummer went to house keeping in the large house built by Grandpa. Ellen Packard was married at the tavern by Mr. Powell, to Mr. Ramsbottom of San Joaquin City, and left immediately after dinner. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) Sept. 1. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy. Ah Peng commenced cooking for us again is engaged for a year. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Sept. 2. Thursday. Dr. started for San Francisco today. Howard and Horace drove the team which took him to Stockton, and came back with it. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Sept. 3. Friday. No Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) Sept. 4. Saturday. William Kerr called, and dined with us. He came to see how Benjamin was prospering in health. His mother has been quite sick. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Sept. 5. Sabbath. Could not attend the meeting at the schoolhouse. The church is to be dedicated in two weeks. Weather oppressively warm. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) Sept. 6. Monday. Howard and Horace took a team and went to Stockton to meet their father, who comes on the morrow's boat. They will stop at Mr. Russem’s over night. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) Sept. 7. Tuesday. All arrived home safe from Stockton and San Francisco. Dr. reports cold weather at the Bag. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.)

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January 1869

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