Delia Locke


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1872. July 5. Friday. This morning, Howard took the team and went to Stockton with Miss Lizzie White. Schools commence again in San Francisco next Monday, and as she teaches in the Tehama school it is necessary for her to go down immediately. Her wrist is better. This evening Luther arrived from Nevada, having come in eight days on horseback. He made a two months stay, and arrives home in good spirits. Mr. Hetfield has sent for Ida. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) July 6. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) July 7. Sabbath. Have attended meeting all day and heard Mr. Ross preach twice - in the morning from the text, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, etc. and this evening from the text, "If a man strive, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." It has not been often of late that I have been well enough to attend service twice in a day, and I am grateful for the privilege. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) Dr. was called out in meeting time, and when I reached home, I found Bela Shaw and family here, having just arrived by rail from the East. His family consists of himself and wife and two children - a daughter of twelve and a son of five years. Mabel and Howard and a weary family they are a week on the way. July 8. Monday. Bela Shaw and family are here. Mother came and took dinner with us. This afternoon we have spent together at Susie's, and were there to tea. Mabel and Howard Shaw are bright well-behaved children. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) July 9. Tuesday. This morning, Dr. went with Bela Shaw's family to Stockton, en route for San Francisco where they are to live, and where he has already engaged work in the boot business. Eddie and Frank are there. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) 1872. July 10. Mr. Bent an Agent for the sale of the Tract Society's. Books took tea with us. I have not felt able to attend the Lodge meeting this evening. It was voted to drape the Charter in morning for thirty days, out of respect to the memory of L. J. Megerle. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) July 11. Thursday. The threshing machine of Hartwell and Elliott are here at work. They have but one day's work for us. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 83.) July 12. Friday. I have been over to look after Ida Hetfield's clothes, as she is soon to go home, and see what new ones she will need. A dreadful condition her clothes are in, to be sure so torn and ragged. I have also been to the store to make the necessary purchases for her and for myself, and I have called on Mrs. Frost, who keeps the tavern. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 87.) July 13. Saturday. Dr. went today to San Francisco, to be gone till Monday. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) July 14. Sabbath. I have attended meeting twice today and heard two sermons from Mr. Ross the one in the forenoon from Gal. 4. 4,5. after which we had the communion service. There were fewer stopped to this service than ever before, I believe, since we have met in this church. Some are absent, some sick, and the extreme hot weather keeps some away. But it did seem so lonely, yet we were not alone, for Jesus was with us. Mr. Ross preached a good sermon this evening from the text, "So we built the wall: for the people had a mind to work." (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 86.) July 15. Monday. Cooler at night. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 72.) July 16. Tuesday. Clara Humiston is here on a visit. Dr. came from San Francisco, bringing four Cotswold sheep, for which he paid four hundred dollars. He bought them of Peter Saxe. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.)

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January 1872

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