Delia Locke


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1872. Sept. 12. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Sept. 13. Friday. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and children came from Stockton, and all but May and Carrie will stay here over night. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Sept. 14. Saturday. Bro. & Sister Geffroy left here after breakfast, to visit around. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 84.) Sept. 15. Sabbath. All went to the Camp meeting today but Baby and I, for to tell the truth, I was too weary to go after helping the rest to get ready. The meeting closed this evening. Mrs. Spencer preached the closing sermon. The Methodist ministers now hasten to Conference. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 85.) Sept. 16. Monday. As Dr. was going to Station on business he wished me to go with him, so I took the three youngest children with me and went. Mary Pygall came on the cars from Douglas while we were there, and rode home with us. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) Sept. 17. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) Sept. 18. Wednesday. Mr. Vischer has been putting up tissue paper hangings in our sitting room, to keep the flies from the wall. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 78.) Sept. 19. Thursday. The weather is cloudy and there were a few drops of rain this forenoon a great change in weather. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Sept. 20. Friday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Sept. 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) Sept. 22. Sabbath. There was no preaching at our church today, on account of the funeral of Mrs. S. L. Baird at the Brick Church. She has died and left two little boys motherless. The "death of the righteous "was hers. Mr. Guernsey officiated at the funeral did out go. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Sept. 23. Monday. Mrs. McStay came at night. She has been taking care of Mrs. Baird. Called at Mrs. Wallace's this P.M. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) 1872. Sept. 24. Tuesday. I decided, somewhat hastily, to go to the State Fair with Dr. The Grand Lodge I. O. G. T. meets at Vallejo this week, and we thought we could attend both without much extra expense or trouble. So taking Eddie, Howard and Horace we started in the noon train, leaving Ada at home as house keeper. Mrs. McStay is also here but I do not depend on her, not knowing how long she will remain. We arrived at Sacramento without accident, and met Geo. & family at the Railroad Depot. They had come in with their new buggy, and we all waited until the overland train came in, looking for Mr. Porter and family, who are daily expected from Mo. They did not come, so we went to the Western Hotel and hired a room large enough to accommodate us all. Eddie was very tired from riding so far, and he soon fell asleep. Then leaving him on the bed we went out. On the way to the Pavilion, we went into a tent where some animals were exhibited. There we saw a heifer with only three legs, born in that way, one hind leg entirely wanting, also two seals in a tank of water, spotted, very pretty, also monkeys and parrots, white rabbits, a coyote and a dog from the Sandwich Islands. We then went on to the Pavilion, but as it closed at five o'clock, we had but little time to examine the curiosities there. The exhibition of fruit, wax flowers and other waxwork, photographs and paintings is very fine and interesting. Went back to the Hotel and found the baby still asleep. After tea, Dr. and the boys went out to a Circus, but I remained in with the baby. I was very tired, but did not rest much, for the city is full and there was so much running in and out that I could not sleep but a trifle all night. Geo. and family have gone to Mr. Greenlaw's to stop. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.)

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January 1872

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