Delia Locke


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1870. buried. He must indeed feel very lonely. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) July. 25. Monday. Horace Hammond is here for a few days. He is just now out of employment, having been no longer needed at Mr. Brumel's store (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) July 26. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Gordon came here to see about purchasing a Sewing Machine, are not prepared to do so at present. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 27. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.) July 28. Thursday. Those interested met at the camp ground near Mokelumne Station, to clear up the underbrush and arrange places for tents, etc. Our church sent as Committee - Mr. Bishop and Father. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) July 29. Friday. Mrs. Foote called this afternoon. We have attended the Lodge this evening. Friendly feeling seemed to prevail, and the Election of Officers passed off harmoniously, but not very satisfactorily to me, for I was chosen as W. C. T. I am sure this will not be a pleasant position for me to occupy, but duty seemed to call me to it, and I have accepted. Perhaps I shall deeply regret it, Since the Lodge, there has been a slight thunder shower, with rain enough to make considerable impression on the dust. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.) July 30. Saturday. With all the children, we have been to Stockton today. Also mother wagon accompanied us, with three of Mr. Brown's children, two of Mr. Pygall's and John Hammond. Our object was to see the Mammoth Fossil remains, now on exhibition there. They are bones dug up by a miner in Calaveras country, and were found in the bank of a creek, forty feet below the surface. There were part of the bones of the face and one tusk fourteen feet long. The distance between the eyes was four feet, but the face bones crumbled to pieces as soon as exposed to the air, and the other bones Stockton Daily Independent rejected it Freudian Stanislaus R. 1870. were only kept from sharing the same fate, by being covered with gum. There is one double tooth, nearly a foot across the top, I should judge. No animals of such huge dimensions, have been known to exist within the knowledge of man, and the supposition is that this creature has been buried for thousands of years. The bones are to be taken to Europe for exhibition. I spent the time, after seeing these remains, until we left for home, at Eliza's house, on Washington Street. It is not a pretty place to live in, and they talk of removing to another part of the city soon. Little Louisa is walking, though five weeks younger than Johnny, who is today fourteen months old, weighs twenty and one fourth pounds and has six teeth, the same member that Horace, Mary and Hannah had. He is the third in size, only Luther and Hannah being larger, but he does not weigh as much now as he did at a year old. He is very active in creeping, but does not stand alone. I believe he has not learned to speak any new words this month, but repeats those he knows a great deal. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) July 31. Sabbath. I was not able to attend church today. The teacher who is to commence the school tomorrow, dined with us. His name is McStay - a young man just from the East. I have some pleasant news to record. Unto Mr. & Mrs. Wallace a son is born - the first born - weighing nine pounds. A good beginning. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) Aug. 1. Monday. School commenced this morning. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 84.) Aug. 2. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 91.) Aug. 3. Wednesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 86.) Aug. 4. Thursday. We learn that Mrs. Gove and children have gone East to remain a year. Also, that Mrs. Staples and family have removed into a new house on the Goffey Ranch, called by some Staples' summer residence. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.)

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January 1870

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