Delia Locke


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1873. Dr. had built a fire. Before night, the attack had turned to one of sick headache, and I could breathe better. Bro. Horace called to see us this morning. He has been making a short visit. He now works in a meat market in San Francisco. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) Sept. 7. Sabbath. Dr. and the children went to the Camp Meeting at the Brick Church. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) Sept. 8. Monday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) Sept. 9. Tuesday. This afternoon, Susie came and made me a visit. This evening, Dr. and the children, and Susie and her children have been to see and hear the blind troupe perform at the Odd Fellows' Hall. The blind lady was educated at the Boston Institute for the Blind, and she had some of the books with her, with raised type. Then she read for the audience and threaded a needle in her mouth, besides singing, & playing on a melodeon all of which was very interesting to the children, who had never seen anything of the kind before. Then there was a blind man who played a violin, etc. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) Sept. 10. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 79.) Sept. 11. Thursday. I have written to Roland today. Eliza called this afternoon. Mr. Geo. McStay spent the night here. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) Sept. 12. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) Sept. 13. Saturday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) Sept. 14. Sabbath. This morning, Henry Atkins and Alice Hamilton were married by Mr. Ross in our Church, after which the people went to the Camp meeting at the Brick Church. I went down with the rest this afternoon, but they had no preaching, only a children's meeting and the communion. They have not had a very sucessful meeting. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Sept. 15. Monday. Clara came in this afternoon with little Nettie. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) 1873. Sept. 16. Tuesday. Today a sad accident occurred to one of the kindest-hearted of men - Uncle Geo. Thomason - which took his life away. It seems that he was drawing straw on a narrow wagon, which caused the load to be high and toppling. Finding himself sliding off, and having nothing to hold to, he called out "whoa" to his horses and they stopped. He fell to the ground, exactly how we can never know, and the horses started again, and the wheel of the wagon ran over his neck, breaking it, and killing him instantly, besides badly bruising his face. No one was with him but a Mr. Wilson- a Scotchman - and he did not see it all, as he was not on the wagon. Dr. was immediately called, but nothing could be done for him, but to prepare his body for burial. All this occurred in full view of his house, which he left but a little before, happy and cheerful as he usually was, and perfectly sober. The funeral is set for tomorrow, and Dr. has telegraphed to D. J. Staples and Messrs. Felch and Sweetser of Sacramento. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) Sept. 17. Wednesday. We have today committed the mortal remains of Uncle Geo. Thomason to their last resting place. No kinsman was there to weep, but those who knew him will feel the loss of one who was always so genial and kind. The funeral was at the Brick Church, appointed at 2 o'clock, but all had to wait for the coffin, which was delayed in coming. We went in procession from his house to the church, and Mr. Ross officiated assisted by Father Guernsey. Mr. R. preached from the text, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" - a very good sermon. To us all the warning comes," Be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh. "We do not know whether he was ready. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 85.)

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January 1873

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