Delia Locke


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1871. the tallest but is the fourth in weight. I have had callers this afternoon. Mrs. Hoxie, Matilda and Josiah with Hannah Geffroy and children. Mrs. Hoxie is a consumptive now, and looks very badly in health. They live somewhere in the Paradise country Dr. and the children arrived home late in the evening from the Sunday School meeting in Stockton, much pleased and edified with the proceedings. Dr. gave me as a birthday present, a glass creamer and sugar-bowl and butter-dish very pretty. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) May 31. Wednesday. Mrs. Brown came and washed for us Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 73.) June 1. Thursday. Mr. Hatfield dined with us today. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) June 2. Friday. Cool. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) June 3. Saturday. Windy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) June 4. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today. Father McRerry came over at the close of the Sunday school and was induced to preach, which he did at great length. Tomorrow he bids goodby to Cal. and goes to New York to take the Editorship of a religious paper. Mr. Jones preached this evening. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 69.) June 5. Monday. Dr. started for San Francisco this noon and Ida has gone with him. She will probably visit the Ward family. Mrs. Guernsey called this afternoon. Mr. Guernsey seems to be recovering slowly, but has no use of his legs or left hand and arm. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) June 6. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown came and wahsed for us. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 84.) June 7. Wednesday. Dr. and Ida arrived home today. Ida has had a fine time, and enjoyed herself highly with the Ward girls, but Dr. comes home with a chill, as he frequently does from San Francisco. He did not see John B. Gough, as he had hoped to do. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) June 8. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) June 9. Friday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) June 10. Saturday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) June 11. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy today, there is a great change in it, and I have been obliged to keep very close for fear of the asthma, as I am not feeling well. Mr. Hubbard, the Cong, minister who preaches at Water loo and Wheatland, took tea with us and preached here this evening. He resides in Stockton. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) June 12. Monday. Another cloudy morning. Dr. started early for Stockton, accompanied by Ada and Lizzie McCloud, who go in to attend the quarterly examination for school teachers. He has left them in Stockton tonight. Returned, he brings intelligence that Mr. Plummer has lost his hand in a planing mill. This is sad, as he is without means and has an aged father and mother depending in a great measure upon him for support. I wonder what he can do now, for a living. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) June 13. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown came and washed for us. I have been to the store to make purchases. This is the first time I have walked so far, for nearly two mos. I also went to see Mrs. McStay and secure her services in staying with the children, while I shall be absent on a trip to the Big Trues with the Dr. provided we do indeed go. Dr. has to go within ten miles of them to see Mr. Hetfield, and he thinks the ride might benefit me, and wishes me to accompany him. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) June 14. Wednesday. We learned quite late this afternoon that the girls were through with their examination in Stockton, and Howard took the buggy after tea and went for them, arriving home after midnight. The examination was a hard one, and the girls despair of succeeding in obtaining certificates, as they desired. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.)

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January 1871

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