Delia Locke


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1873. Sept. 18. Thursday. The forenoon was cloudy. Dr. and Otto started today to attend the State Fair at Sac. and Horace went with them. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) Sept. 19. Friday. Eliza and her children came here to stop a few days. Dr. and Horace arrived home late at night. The Fair has been a very successful one. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) Sept. 20. Saturday. Early this morning, another baby boy was born to Sister Susie, weighing ten and three fourths pounds. Mrs. McStay is there. We went over there this afternoon, Dr. Eliza, Ada and myself, with a man whom Dr. met on the cars yesterday, just come from Mo, and invited here. His name is G. W. Swank, and he is a miller looking for work. Susie is very comfortable. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 81.) Sept. 21. Sabbath. Mr. Swank went to meeting with us. He is a singer and a church member. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "As an eagle stirreth up her nest," etc. Eliza and children are still here. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Sept. 22. Monday. Eliza is still here. Mrs. Weber took dinner with us. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. Dr. has gone to San Francisco with Mr. Swank. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) Sept. 23. Tuesday. I have been in bed most of the day with sick headache. Eliza and children went away this afternoon. It is her birthday and Josiah sent her a present of a pair of gold cuff-pins. He will soon finish his course at San Francisco and graduate. Very uncommon hot weather. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 86.) Sept. 24. Wednesday. Today, John Calvin received a push in his breast while at play in the kitchen and he ran to me crying, as I was here in my room, and fainted in my arms. He soon recovered his breath, however, when I put water in his face, and after a nap, seemed as well as ever. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) 1873. Sept. 25. Thursday. Dr. returned from San Francisco with three men, all of whom will for the present stop with us. Mr. Swank with a small mill for grinding barley, to see what he can do. Mr. McCutcheon a young man, much above the ordinary stripe of character, as we should judge, who thinks he may get a situation driving peddlers wagon for Geo. Locke. Mr. Pearson a Dane who will work on the Ranch. I received a letter from Roland in answer to mine, asking if he wished to employ Howard to help him. He answers that he does not, but that he can get a place for him near there, if we desire. I would like to have him come home, if he is willing, which I think he is. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 68.) Sept. 26. Friday. I went to Clara's in the afternoon, for a short time. Eliza and Mother were there. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 62.) Sept. 27. Saturday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Sept. 28. Sabbath. We have attended the S. School and had a pleasant time. The International Series of Questions help much to make the study of the Bible interesting. "I love thy house O God." (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Sept. 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) Sept. 30. Tuesday. The afternoon was cloudy. Eddie is now twenty three months old and weighs twenty seven and one-half pounds. Luther, Howard and Calvin weighed more than he does, but he has the same number of teeth which they had sixteen and he talks as well, if not better than any before. He answers questions very intelligently and can speak plainly all the sounds of the letters, except l, for which he gives the sound of r, in oppoisition to China men who give r the sound of l. He is a darling, good natured child, making but little trouble to anyone. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 64.) Oct. 1. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Oct. 2. Thursday. Messrs. Swank and McCutcheon both left today. Geo. did not wish to hire Mr. McCutcheon

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January 1873

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