Delia Locke


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1872. Oct. 6. Sabbath. I have not been able to go to meeting with the rest. Mr. Bishop preached this forenoon and Mr. Porter this eve. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Oct. 7. Monday. I have not been so well today, have been in bed most of the day. Susie came and spent the afternoon, so that we might visit with the Porters all together. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) Oct. 8. Tuesday. I have been somewhat better, so as to enjoy the visit of our friends more than before, just as they are about to leave. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Oct. 9. Wednesday. Weather cloudy. Mr. & Mrs. Porter left us this morning to go via Stockton to Los Angeles, near which place they intend to settle, Calvin drove Geo.'s buggy team for them, but he and his sister will remain here until Saturday, while their parents attend the annual meeting of the Association of Cong. Ministers at San Francisco. This evening, John Hammond and Charles Barney joined the Lodge. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) Oct. 10. Thursday. Mary and Calvin Porter are here and have gone with five of our children to attend a young People's party at Mr. Wallace's, this eve. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 75.) Oct. 11. Friday. Yook a walk and dined at Mother's, where I would have spent the day, but that I came home about two o'clock that Luther, Ada, Calvin and Mary Porter might go horseback riding, which they did. They have had quite a number of these rides. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) Oct. 12. Saturday. Calvin and Mary Porter left this morning. Geo. & Susie went to Stockton with them. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Oct. 13. Sabbath. I have attended meeting today and heard Mr. Bishop preach from the text, "The people that are with thee are too many." a good sermon. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 74.) Oct. 14. Monday. This afternoon I rode to Susie's with Mother, where we spent two or three hours. This eve, Mrs. 1872. McStay came from Mrs. Le Faber's, and spent the night with us. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) Oct. 15. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 72.) Oct. 16. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) Oct. 17. Thursday. This afternoon I have spent with Bro. & Sister Ross. Mother and Mrs. Clements were also there and all stayed to tea. We have heard of the death of Horace Miner. He has been for a long time employed as brakeman on the C. P. R. R. and last Sabbath there was an accident near Truckee on the down grade. Some cars became disengaged from the others and came crashing down upon the rest, killing three men instantly and wounding several others. Of these last was Horace Miner. One foot was crushed, one hip injured, and he sustained internal injuries about the chest. He was brought to Sac. and his foot and ankle amputated, but he has since died from his injuries, and is to be brought out to the Brick Church tomorrow and buried. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) Oct. 18. Friday. Very warm (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) Oct. 19. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Oct. 20. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached from /Sam. 27./. where David lost his faith in God and went over to the Philistines. The sermon was full of thoughts for us all. O that we may never distrust the goodness and care of our Father in Heaven, and in consequence be led into sin. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Oct. 21. Monday. Mrs. Howard and Mrs. Miner called this P.M. Mrs. Miner has just been married again to a Mr. Covert of Modesto, and is now going there to live. How could she marry another whisky man, (for he is a saloon keeper) when her family is broken and scattered by means of intemperance? I should think the very sight of the bottle would shock her. Her first husband is an inmate of the Insane Asylum and her children here and there. How can she do so?

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January 1872

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