Delia Locke


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1869. Sept. 29. Wednesday. Today, Mr. & Mrs. J. Brown from San Francisco came on the cars. He is a harness-maker, and will keep shop in Lockeford. They will stay with us till their furniture comes, which they expect soon. They have a baby boy - Tommy - nine months old. I am very weary today, but we have been washing a "big wash." (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Sept. 30. Thursday. The boys were playing with slings tonight, and Geo. Pygall accidentally shot Howard near the left temple. The wound bled profusely, and is a deep one. Dr. took a stitch in it, and we hope it will not leave a scar. John Calvin is now four months old. He has lost half in pound in weight the post month, and now weighs but fourteen and one-half pounds. He has a bad cold. His trip to San Francisco did not agree with him very well. His weight is the same as Ada's, and they are the smallest of the right. We have a very good picture of our little one. He looks quite different from the others - eyes small and keen, and nearer together, and ears that stick out like the handles of a pitcher. He is a good little boy, but much inclined to stuffness of he lungs, probably inherited. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 1. Friday. No Lodge. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 2. Saturday. The weather is a little cloudy. I have attended the Preparatory Lecture this afternoon. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "Rejoice in the Lord always." Business meeting afterwards - church voted to insure the meeting house for $1000., insurance being one of the requirements of the Cong. Building Ass. which is to aid us. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Oct. 3. Sabbath. I went to meeting, but did not stay long, for Luther was sent out after S. school to attend to the cattle, and I was afraid he would get into the company of bad boys, and be noisy. These thought made me so uneasy and anxious, that I left the meeting, and so missed the communion season. It is not often that we are obliged to keep the boys out to attend to the stock. This eve the new Methodist preacher - Mr. Byant - preached in the church. 1869. His text was, "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep." He is a young man. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) Oct. 4. Monday. Mr. and Mrs. J. Brown moved to the upper part of the house occupied by Mr. Plummer. He will keep shop there. I have been to make calls this afternoon, and so have been there. I have also called on Mrs. Brooks. Her husband is away from home. He has sold himself out of a home. Mrs. McNeil has the deed of the place, and now Mrs. Brooks and the four little ones are houseless. What will they do when Mrs. McNeil moves in, which she will do in a few days? I next went to call on Mrs. Wallace. On my way there, I saw sister Geffroy. She is not very well. Mrs. Wallace will go to San Francisco next week. I next called on Mrs. Thomas Wiley, who has lately moved to Lockeford from Tulare. She is in delicate health - consumptive - has four children - and her husband drives team on the road to the mines. On my way home, I saw Mrs. Dr. Foote, so I have been very fortunate today in making calls. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Oct. 5. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Oct. 6. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace came today to finish some work she commenced for me before I went to San Francisco. Mr. Wallace also came to dinner. This afternoon, Mr. Bramall arrived. As usual, he is traveling for the good of Temperance. At his desire, I visited with him Refuge Lodge this evening. After waiting awhile, they had just a quorum in attendance, so their Lodge is no more prosperous than ours, and not so much so, as their finances are in bad condition. Mr. Bramall will remain here and lecture for us on Sabbath eve. He now resides in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 73.) Oct. 7. Thursday. A high, disagreeable wind has been blowing all day. Mr. Bramall is here. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) Oct. 8. Friday. Mr. Bramall accompanied us to the Lodge this eve. Mr. & Mrs. J. Brown were initiated. Two others were proposed A card was granted to Mrs. Mary E. Millard of Paradise City. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.)

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January 1869

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