Delia Locke


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July 13. 1871. Thursday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 14. Friday. I have had quite a company of friends here today. Hannah Geffroy and children, Eliza and children, Susie and two children, Mother and Mrs. McStay and Mr. McStay to tea. Mother, Eliza and Hannah with their children came before dinner, the others afterwards. We have had a pleasant time, have been fixing over Hannah's white wedding dress. Luther came home with a flock of between two and three hundred sheep from Mr. Hetfield's. They are some fit for butchering, which he does not wish to take over into Nevada. The day has been sultry and oppressively warm, scarcely a breath of air stirring, a little cloudy, and tonight we have a slight shower of rain. Saw Josiah just a few minutes tonight. He has been very well this vacation - hunting squirrels most of the time. commences school again next Monday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) July 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) July 16. Sabbath. A Baptist man - Mr. Hough preached in Mr. Bryant's place this evening in the church, but I was not able to go. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) July 17. Monday. After dinner today, Dr. with Luther and Horace, started for Mr. Hetfield's - Perhaps we shall not see Luther again for two months, as he is to go over the Sierra Nevadas to help drive the cattle. I felt sad to pact with him, but I hope the trip will benefit him. Dr. and Horace go to see them all off. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) July 18. Tuesday. Two of the pioneers who came across the plains in '49 with Dr. called today - Messrs. Coffey and Easterbrook. The latter has not met the Dr. for thirteen years, and was much disappointed at finding him absent. He is on his way to the Big Trees and Yosemite Valley. He resides in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.) 1871. July 19. Wednesday. It is Howard's birthday. Our third child is now twelve years old, and he is the largest of the three as he weighs eighty eight pounds and is four feet, nine and one-half inches in height. He is an active boy, and likes farm work of all kinds better than any other, and much better than school or study. Still he is very easy to learn, and it requires but little effort on his part to learn a lesson in any thing, especially in mathematics. He has ciphered nearly through the Common School Arithmetic, and studied Algebra, being in the same class with Luther and Ada. But he is a poor reader, and Ida can read better than he can. He is tractable and pleasant in disposition and pretty easily managed. He still continues the practise of learning a verse of Scripture each night at bedtime, and is now learning St. John's Gospel. O I do long to see my boys good christians. We have attended the Lodge this evening. Mrs. J. Brown and Mr. Stacy were initiated. Lizzie McCloud came from the Lodge to sleep here. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 20. Thursday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 79.) July 21. Friday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) July 22. Saturday. This afternoon, as we were busy sewing, we were all at once surprised by the sudden visit of a chicken-hawk. We had some broods of little chickens under the sitting-room windows, and we think the hawk, in attempting to swoop down upon them, went a little too far, and could not stop himself till he was in the room. Once in, we closed the windows, and made him a prisoner, and the poor thing died, soon after, of fright. He was not full-grown. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) July 23. Sabbath. Mr. Bryant married a couple today at the brick church - Thomas Taylor and Alice Mills. Susie and children stopped here on their way home from S. school, and dined. Dr. and Horace arrived home from the Mountain Ranch tonight,

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January 1871

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