Delia Locke


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1873. May 18. Sunday. The asthma troubled me so much that I could not go to S. school. Today, Mr. C. W. Taylor, who has been working here of late, was arrested on a complaint of Mr. Montgomery's, and taken to Stockton. About the middle of last night, Mrs. Montgomery found him standing in the middle of her girls' bedroom, without boots or coat on, and when she asked him what he was there for, he said he came "to see the folks". A queer way to make a visit certainly. He has long been trying to pay attention to Alice which is not agreeable to her parents. How much she has encouraged him, we do not know. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) May 19. Monday. This evening the United Brethren held a Festival at their church. It is thought they did better than our folks did. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) May 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 21. Wednesday. A windy day. An examination of Taylor's case was had in Stockton, which did not amount to much, and Mr. Mont. had him arrested on another charge, for disturbing the peace. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) May 22. Thursday. Windy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) May 23. Friday. Mr. Cahill died at 4 P.M. He has been suffering from paralysis for a long time and his health gradually failing, but the last "stroke" came on Wednesday, since which time he has not spoken and but once opened his eyes. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) May 24. Saturday. The funeral of Mr. Cahill was attended at the Brick Church this afternoon under the charge of the Odd Fellows. Dr. went with Ada, Howard, Luther and Mary. It was too windy for me to go out. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Sunday. May. 25. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Ross preached a good sermon from the words, "Lord, to whom should we go," etc. I enjoyed the service much. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) May 26. Monday. The morning was cloudy. We have just learned of the death of Brackett Bowen, an Abington man, who has long been in Cal. He has of late, resided at Lincoln, and met his death by being thrown from a load of hay, the wheels of the wagon passing over his back, breaking it instantly. He has long been a consistent member of the Cong. body, and leaves a family in Abington, whom he has not seen since 149 or 50. Geo. was in this forenoon, and told us of the death of M. P. Warren of Sacramento, of which we had not before heard. He has, for some years, been separated from his family, they living in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) May 28. Wednesday. Cool. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.) May 29. Thursday. Frost. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 59.) May 30. Friday. Frosty morning in the bottom. I am today thirty seven years old, and I have celebrated my birthday by visiting the school and at Mother's. Leaving the little children at home in Ada's charge, I went early to the school and remained there all the forenoon. I was much pleased and interested in the exercises. The school has been doing well this term with Josiah as teacher. When school was out, I went with him to Mother's, where all his family at present are, on account of Mother's having hurt her foot or ankle in stepping out of the wagon. Eliza is doing the housework for her. Mother now walks with one crutch, but a few days ago she was obliged to use two. I remained there till night, and Susie and Clara were there too.

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January 1873

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