Delia Locke


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1871. Sept. 19. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 75.) Sept. 20. Wednesday. I was not able to attend the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 68.) Sept. 21. Thursday. Dr. started for Sac. City to attend the State Fair. Ada and Horace went with Clara Hammond and the Cahill girls to visit Josephine Cahill's school at Peters'. It is a long ride, nearly as far as to Stockton, though in a different direction. They enjoyed the ride and the visit very much. Received a visit from Mr. & Mrs. John Norton and their youngest child, though in fact, they did not quite so intend it, when they started for they thought to attend a picnic at our grove, which, on account of the Camp meeting at the Station, has been postponed for one week. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 76.) Sept. 22. Friday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) Sept. 23. Saturday. Luther and shearers came down from the Mountain Ranch, arriving home tonight, having accomplished little or nothing in the way of shearing the band of sheep, because they were not accustomed to the business. Dr. finds he must hire other and more hands. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 79.) Sept. 24. Sabbath. Dr. with all the children but Hannah and John Calvin, attended the Camp Meeting today at the Station. It closes tonight. Mr. Vischer - the painter - is sick. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 81.) Sept. 25. Monday. Mrs. Elijah Brown called this afternoon for the first time. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 81.) Sept. 26. Tuesday. The weather has changed for the cooler, very acceptably. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) Sept. 27. Wednesday. I was not able to attend the Lodge with the others. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Sept. 28. Thursday. Today the picnic was held in our grove which Mr. Chester has talked of so long, and which he thought would tend to please and interest the S.S. children. It has been rather forced upon 1871. us, and has been quite tax to the few who prepared for it. Dr. sent his team into Stockton last night by Horace Mann and this morning, Dr. & Mrs. Holbrook and Mr. & Mrs. Anthony, came out to attend the meeting. Dr. Holbrook (Cong.) and Mrs. Anthony (Meth) addressed the children, who afterwards sang and played games. A lunch was eaten and enjoyed by all, I suppose, and a subscription was raised for a church bell. One hundred dollars was easily pledged. All the family attended the picnic but myself and John Calvin, I did not feel well enough. The children played until five o'clock. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Sept. 29. Friday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Sept. 30. Saturday. Today we moved from the room which we have occupied so long, as living and sleeping room, to the new room just finished on the other side of the house. It is hardly finished either, for the paint is not all varnished, but Mr. Vischer is very sick, and will not be able to work for a long time yet, and we are too anxious to have our sleeping room cleaned, to wait any longer. Peter has been cleaning it today - washing the wall. I have had callers this afternoon. Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Huntington and Susie, with their babies, and Mr. & Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. H. remained to tea. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 70.) Oct. 1. Sabbath. We all went to meeting today, except Howard, who is herding sheep at the Mountain Ranch. Mr. Chester preached from the text, "Put on the whole armour of God." This eve he preached from the subject - "Sinai." He took tea with us and remained over night. This has been an oppressively warm afternoon and evening - very sultry. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 83.) Oct. 2. Monday. Mr. Chester left after breakfast. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) Oct. 3. Tuesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Oct. 4. Wednesday. Lizizie McCloud has spent the afternoon and night here, and been with Ada to the Lodge.

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January 1871

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