Delia Locke


image preview


1872. working on the Ranch, as our school is not a very profitable one under the management of Mr. McCall. He still attends the S. school regularly though he does not really choose to do so, also he occupies a prominent place in the Good Templar's Lodge, being now W. F. S. Unless Luther can learn to control himself better, he will not succeed as well in the world as otherwise, for his dislikes are so strong and so prominent, that they often completely master him. He is very fond of pets, and has his dog- Major- his cat- his team of bulls and his horse- Duke- which is now over in Nevada. The weather today has been showery and cloudy Towards night, we had a very heavy hail shower. Ada went with her father when he went to Stockton, and stopped to visit Josephine Cahill's school. There was but little rain in Stockton. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Apr. 17. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy. Mrs. Palmer took dinner with us. Mrs. Robbins came in this eve. I was not able to attend the Degree Lodge which met this eve, on account of asthma. Five members took the Degrees. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Apr. 18. Thursday. Weather still cloudy, and I was again obliged to remain at home this evening, instead of going to prayer meeting. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Apr. 19. Friday. Weather still cloudy. Baby Eddie shows us his first tooth today. I have written to Aunt Abbott, whose husband died last month, and invited her to visit us. Tonight I am exceedingly troubled with asthma - must soak my feet, and use expectorants. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Apr. 20. Saturday. I have been sick in bed all day with severe headache, so that I was hardly able to lift it from the pillow. Mrs. Norton called. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 65.) 1872. Apr. 21. Sabbath. I have been up and dressed all day but was not able to go out to meeting. Mrs. Frames Bryant united with the church. Mother, Clara and Mr. Ross came in to see me this evening. Mr. Ross seems quite attached to Clara, I suppose there is an intention of marriage. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) Apr. 22. Monday. My health is feeble but I am thankful that I am not confined to bed. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) Apr. 23. Tuesday. Dr. has been to Stockton and learns of the death of William T. Herr. He was one of the "Champions" and is to be buried by that Order tomorrow. We hear he was sick but four days, of inflammation of the lungs. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Apr. 24. Wednesday. Mr. Ross called this afternoon. I could not attend the Lodge meeting. It was Election night. Mr. Stacy was elected W. C. T. and Clara W. V. T. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Apr. 25. Thursday. This afternoon I started out to make calls I went to see Mrs. Anderson - a new neighbor - and found her and her little daughter sick. I then went to Mrs. Wallace's to see Mrs. Huntington, who has lately come from San Francisco. On the way, Dr. overtook me with horse and buggy desiring me to ride with him to Mr. Bryant's, which I did. When we arrived there, the family were about to take tea, and we received an urgent invitation to take tea with them, which we did. Miss White, their school teacher, was there also, as she boards there. This was the Mrs. Bryant who has just joined our church. Her husband, A. B. Bryant, is an unbeliever. The family of Mr. B. Bryant was also there. We had a very pleasant time. Came home and attended the prayer meeting quite a good one. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Apr. 26. Friday. Cloudy. The Odd Fellows have a picnic at Mok. Station today. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Apr. 27. Saturday. Showery. The children and others have been gathering flowers and making wreaths and bouquets.

Date Original

January 1872

Dates Covered



Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


Delia Locke, diaries, women, diarist, California, Locke-Hammond Family Papers, Lockeford, CA, Dean Jewett Locke, rural life, rural California, 19th Century, church, temperance organizations, Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle, temperature recordings, journal