Delia Locke


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1873. Apr. 30. Wednesday. Eddie is today eighteen months old, and though he has lost a half pound still he is the largest of all, weighing twenty five and one half pounds. He also has as many teeth as Ada, who had sixteen, and none had more. I think he also talks as well as any of them did, and is very fond of playing out with the children. He is the pet of them all, and a dear good little boy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) May 1. Thursday. The school and neighborhood have had a picnic out in the grove, which I could not well attend as Dr. was absent in San Francisco. Josiah was there with his cornet, and he and Clara, Ada and McGreen sang some songs. But no one had made much preparation for the occasion, so there was not much done but to eat lunch. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) May 2. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) May 3. Saturday. Windy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) May 4. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. There was no preaching. The time of meeting is to be changed to ten. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) May 5. Monday (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.) May 6. Tuesday. There was a picnic today at the Station. The M. E. S. school of Stockton came out there on the R. R. Dr. went down with the team and Howard, Ada and Ida went with him. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) May 7. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) May 8. Thursday. We have now been married eighteen years; all years of blessings and happiness with but little of sorrow interspersed. John Calvin has been quite sick today, and I have not been able to do much but tend him. He has had fever and much pain. I do not know the cause, but I do not like to think of a pin he swallowed two or three weeks ago at meeting. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 71.) 1873. May 9. Friday. I started out after school to call at Mrs. Wallace's and see Mrs. Huntington who is soon to go home, but Mrs. W. & Mrs. H. had gone out to make calls, and I did not see them. Went round by the store and Clara's and arrived home very weary. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) May 10. Saturday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) May 11. Sabbath. I was not able to go to meeting. There is always so much for "Mother" to do before the children are ready for meeting on Sunday morning, and I am so short breathed, that by the time I should prepare myself for meeting. I am often too weary to go. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.) May 12. Monday. Cool. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 13. Tuesday. Frank Shaw arrived here from San Francisco. He says Bela and family are about to go East again, as it is dull times in the boot business. This evening "our folks" have held a Festival in the church. They had ice cream strawberries, lemonade, oysters and cake for refreshments, and clothing and fancy articles for sale, and cleared fifty six dollars. No admission fee. I was not able to go. We cooked the oysters here in the evening. All attended but myself and little ones. Frank Shaw is here for the night. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) May 14. Wednesday. Cloudy and rainy. But the rain comes too late to do much good. Frank Shaw left us after breakfast. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) May 15. Thursday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) May 16. Friday. Windy afternoon. I have written to Addie Brown. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) May 17. Saturday. Mrs. Howard and little child called this forenoon. I do not often meet her now. She has a bad cough. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.)

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January 1873

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