Delia Locke


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1869. who are in Grafton, and Roland, who is driving the stage to Stockton. But there were twenty four there, besides Father and Mother, so that we had a merry, not to say noisy party. The children played game this evening till late, and we returned home. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Nov. 7. Sabbath. This morning I found myself unable to rise at the usual hour, and I have been quite unwell all day so as not to attend meeting. Mr. McReary - the father in-law of Mr. Bishop, preached a sermon which was spoken of by the children and others with much interest. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Nov. 8. Monday. Mrs. Wallace called. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 9. Tuesday. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Wiley, with their babies, called this afternoon. Mrs. Powell's babe, though a week younger than mine, is much larger, and is very pretty, though demanding and receiving a good deal of attention. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Nov. 10. Wednesday. Dr. left us this morning for San Francisco, by way of the Campo Seco Express and the W. Pacific Railroad. He also intends to visit Josiah at Grafton before he returns home. The weather is not propitious for him, as it has been cloudy all day, and the night is very rainy, and we may have a long rainy time. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 11. Thursday. A rainy day. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 12. Friday. The weather is still cloudy. Mrs. Kibbe and Mrs. Taylor called here this afternoon. Mrs. K. says she shall soon open a lodging-house in Sacraments. In the Lodge this eve we have initiated a blind man. W. J. Johnson by name. He does not expect to be here much, but is in search of scholars to whom he can teach the blind method of education. In consideration of his misfortune, the Lodge remitted to him his Fees and Dues. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Nov. 13. Saturday. Mrs. Brummel, Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Geffroy called this afternoon. Dr. arrived home this eve from San Francisco and Grafton. Found friends all well. Josiah is teaching in the Prairie Seminary, 8 miles from Grafton. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Nov. 14. Sabbath. Have not been well enough to attend meeting today. After preaching, Mr. Powell read a call from the church in Rio Vista, requesting him to become their pastor. The church took no action upon the matter. I expect he will have to go. He is so unpopular here that his salary can not be raised. But what there can we do for a preacher? (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Nov. 15. Monday. We hear today of a fearful accident which occurred on the Western Pacific Railroad yesterday (Sunday) morning, a little past nine o'clock. There was a collision between the train bound for Sacramento and the one found for Alameda, caused by the ignorance or carelessness (perhaps both) of a switch tender near the Simpson Station. Fifteen lives were lost, outright, and between thirty and forty persons were wounded. The two locomotives and tenders and two or three cars are a total wreck. The trains were going at full speed and as the morning was foggy, they could not perceive each other's approach, till they were within ten rods of meeting. Hurried into eternity without a moment's warning! How thankful I am to the kind Providence that sent my dear husband to me the day before, all safe and sound, and did not permit him to be delayed for the ill fated train. Will not this be a warning to many Sunday travelers? Were they all obliged to be traveling on that day? (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Nov. 16. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 17. Wednesday. Now for two days I have been troubled with the asthma again. It makes me quite sick and almost helpless. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 18. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. We were invited to dinner to Mr. Geffroy's and went, Dr. Mary, Johnnie and I. Mr. & Mrs. Wallace, and the members of the family except the three absent brothers, were there. I have been a little better today, but not well enough to go to hear Mr. Powell preach this eve. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 19. Friday. The birthday of Willard and Hannah. Willard is now four years old. He weighs thirty seven pounds and measures three feet, one and three-fourths inches in height. He weighs the same

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January 1869

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