Delia Locke


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1871. of them leave tomorrow morning, Roland for San Francisco, to resume his position on the horse cars, and Ellen to Petaluma to teach school there. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 25. Saturday. A windy day. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco late at night, and well. Friends all well. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Mar. 26. Sabbath. The forenoon was quite windy. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "That I may win Christ." In the eve Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "It is done; I am Alpha and Omega," etc. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Mar. 27. Monday. We have had a very windy day - truly a distressing time. No rain scarcely, and now these dreadful winds to dry up every particle of moisture there is remaining on the earth. The grain is being blasted, the feed for the cattle is all drying up, and starvation and sorrow seem to be in prospect. But in spite of all these unfavorable indications, I feel like trusting in the Lord, who has said," I will never leave thee nor forsake there." (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Mar. 28. Tuesday. When Dr. came home from Stockton tonight he brought with him, Rev. Mr. Clark, traveling Agent for the "Pacific." He comes to visit this time and is here for the night. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Mar. 29. Wednesday. Another dreadful windy day. Mr. Clark has been here, but stops tonight at Mr. Bishop's. He has joined the Lodge tonight, also Felix Cody and C. McCloud. I was not able to attend the meeting. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) Mar. 30. Thursday. I went to the store this afternoon to make purchases, and stopped and visited at Mr. Bishop's the rest of the day, and this eve we have attended the prayer meeting. It was an interesting one to me. John Calvin is now twenty two mos. old and weighs twenty six and one-half pounds. He has 1871. but sixteen teeth as yet, and is very well and strong. He however, is not quite as large as Howard was who weighed twenty seven pounds. I think he can talk nearly, if not quite as well as any of the others could, and he is very active, opens every door, steps down between the houses, and goes out when he likes. I have to watch him, for he is not the least afraid of animals, dogs excepted, and perhaps I ought to say sheep, which have frightened him by coming into the house and bleating. He loves to play "horse" and "wagon" all the time when awake and loves to ride a horse dearly. He says "hank oo" for "thank you" and expects you to say it to him, whenever he gives you anything. He is different looking from either of the others, as his eyes are small and placed deep in his head, which is high and thin. He has a spiteful temper, and his anger quickly rises, but he is so affectionate in disposition, that he soon wishes to make all up again. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) Mar. 31. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Apr. 1. Saturday. J. M. Burt of Mok. Station dined with us. In the afternoon, Mrs. Pygall and Mrs. J. Brown called Mrs. Brown is truly and object of sympathy. She is now left to support herself and her two little boys. Tommy. two years old and the baby 3 mos. old, her husband having absconded before the babe was born. She knows nothing of his whereabouts; has been living in San Francisco since they left here, but thinks she can earn her living easier here than in the City. So she has come here to keep house. She will be likely to succeed nicely here. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) Apr. 2 Sabbath. I have been sick all day with the sick headache, and could not attend meeting at all. Mr. Bishop preached as usual, but his time has expired. The new chandeliers are up in the church, and lighted this evening for the first time. Mother and Mrs. Bishop went round and collected funds to purchase them. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.)

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January 1871

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