Delia Locke


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1871. sustained. Mr. Levinsky of Wood bridge, and Dr. Holden of Stockton, are mentioned among the sufferers, though not seriously injured. Bless the Lord, for his mercies to men, tho' unthankful ! Mr. Holbrook preaches again this evening in the church. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Oct. 28. Saturday. Windy. Dr. went to Sac. City on the cars and has returned. Mr. Chester preaches this eve in the church, but I was not able to attend. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Oct. 29. Sabbath. We have been to meeting today and heard Mr. Chester preach a solemn sermon from the text, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve". A little after noon, Howard came home from the Mountain Ranch, having been gone six weeks. We were glad to see him, and he was glad to see us, as none of us, when he left, expected him to be gone more than a week. He has been well, and has grown stout and healthy by the trip. Mr. Chester preached again this eve, but I could not go with the rest. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Oct. 30 - Nov. 12. Again a memorable period has arrived in the history of our family, for today is born to us our sixth son and tenth child. He weighs a little more than ten pounds - a fine child - born at half past six, P.M. Mother was here with us. This is also the birthday of Geo. Locke, he is forty one years old. I was getting along very comfortably until Thursday, Nov. 2, when it became necessary for Dr. , according to previous engagement with Mr. Hetfield, to go to the State of Nevada, and meet him with sheep, provisions, furniture, etc. He had intended to send Luther on this errand, but Luther was taken quite sick with sore throat and fever, and was therefore unable to go. As Mr. Hetfield would come one hundred and twenty miles to 1871. meet him, at the railroad station at Wadsworth, Nev. these things must be there at the appointed time, or much disappointment and heavy expense would be incurred. So Dr. concluded to go, and started on Thursday P.M. Although I had had no previous symptoms of asthma, yet that very night. I was attacked with a spasm of it, which continued all night, and the next day I was badly stuffed. Mrs. Wallace spent a part of the afternoon with me, and helped me to inhale the steam from melted tar placed in hot water. I also took my tar medicine and Saturday I was somewhat better, but Hannah was very sick with sore throat and fever. On Sunday morning, Ada and Mary also were sick with the same trouble, and I thought best to send to Stockton for Mrs. McStay, especially as I heard by way of her son on Saturday that it was quite likely she would come. So Howard was sent to Stockton with the team, and Mrs. McStay arrived with him just at night. Not long after their arrival, Dr. himself came home, though I had not expected him before Tuesday. He had made the trip in three days, and very glad were we to see him. All the children, one after the other, had the same trouble of sore throat and fever, but all recovered after a few days' sickness. I myself continued to suffer with asthma and cough, so that I gained strength very slowly. The neighbors nearly all called to see me, and Mrs. McStay remained eight days. Here follows the weather journal. Oct. 30. Monday. T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59. Nov. 6. Monday. T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54. Oct. 31. Tuesday. T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60. Nov. 7. Tuesday T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56. Nov. 1. Wednesday. S. R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62. Nov. 8. Wednesday S. R. 39. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54. Nov. 2. Thursday. S. R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60. Nov. 9. Thursday S. R. 39. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56. Nov. 3. Friday. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56. Nov. 10. Friday. T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56. Nov. 4. Saturday. S. R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54. Nov. 11. Saturday. S. R. 40. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54. Nov. 5. Sunday S. R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54. Nov. 12. Sunday S. R. 32. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56. 3rd. Cloudy. 5th. Windy. Last four days - Little cloudy.

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January 1871


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