Delia Locke


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1873. July 20. Sabbath. I had severe sick headache last night and was too weak to go to church today. The weather is a little cloudy and there were a few drops of rain this forenoon. (T.S.R. 73. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 87.) July 21. Monday. The forenoon was a little cloudy. Mrs. E. P. Megerle and her little girl came at an early hour this morning and stayed all day, while her husband went to Stockton, and when he returned at night, they all stopped to tea. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 77.) July 22. Tuesday. The day has been cloudy, and there was has been quite a rain this eve, enough to make the Stockton road slippery and some what hinder the Dr.'s return home from that town. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) July 23. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 77.) July 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 88.) July 25. Friday. Mrs. Weber called this forenoon. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 87.) July 26. Saturday. Roland came in this forenoon. He is taking a vacation from herding sheep. This is the warmest day we have had this summer. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 93.) July 27. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school today. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 83.) July 28. Monday. This morning a man named Matthew Cooper shot another named John Edgerton above the Poland House and killed him instantly. The man killed was riding on a load of wood across Cooper's Ranch, which he had been forbidden to do. Cooper gave himself up immediately and was taken to Stockton. The murdered man leaves a wife and son. Alice Ward came from San Francisco to visit us, arrived by stage. I called at Clara's this afternoon. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 85.) 1873. July 29. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) July 30. Wednesday. Our little Eddie is now twenty one mos. old and is a darling boy, talking so nicely and is very little trouble. When he is tired, if he can have his "kib" to lie down in, and his "rappy" while he sucks his thumb, he is perfectly satisfied. He has not progressed in teething and weight since last month, but he is all the time improving in talking. I have today been riding in Geo's buggy, with Susie, Mother and Roland to see Eliza. We started quite early this forenoon and stayed until four P.M. On our way home we called on Mrs. Inglis. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) July 31. Thursday. The birthday of Eddie Wallace and Mary, Willie, Hannah and John were invited to his birthday party, so I went to help take care of them and the other children who were invited. Eddie Wallace is but three years old, quite young to have a party. On my way there I called on the Dodson family, living in the Blakeslee House. Took tea with Mrs. Wallace. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Aug. 1. Friday. Mrs. McStay dined with us. She has come to live with Clara a while. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) Aug. 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Aug. 3. Sabbath. Last night, I was suddenly and severely attacked with asthma, from which I got no relief, and all this day I have been much troubled, and of course, could not attend church. Indeed, I could not help the others to get ready to go. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.) Aug. 4. Monday. Mr. Ross kindly took me to ride in his buggy, but I felt too weak to enjoy it much. Mrs. McStay has been here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.)

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January 1873

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