Delia Locke


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1874. who were invited, and this evening they have a serenade and a dance. Four band players are out from Stockton. We were invited, but I am not able to go. However, we can hear the music. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) July 14. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 62.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) July 15. Wednesday. Early this morning, Susie and Mrs. Wallace with their children, also Ida, Mary, Hannah and the Greenlaw girls, started in the carriages for a picnic, taking their dinners. They rode up the river to near Comanche, where they passed a short time by the bank of the river and had a pleasant time, returning tonight very much sunburnt. I have had two callers - Mrs. Le Faber and Eliza Hammond. (T.S.R. 65.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 82.) July 16. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) July 17. Friday. Mrs. John Haley called this eve. Susie received a letter from Mother saying that they arrived in North Abington on the 6th of July, very tried, but well. They stopped in New York one night, to get a good night's rest. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) July 18. Saturday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 19. Sabbath. I was not able to attend meeting. Howard is now fifteen years old, and much the largest of the three children who have arrived to this age. I wrote that Luther was a large boy, but his size was small in comparison with Howard's. His height is five feet, five and one-half inches and he weighs one hundred and twenty pounds. He and Horace are smart to work. They butcher six nights in a week, usually killing a beef animal and a sheep. Then in the morning they help Geo. Mowry to load and get away with the meat wagon, thus doing the work of two hired men, otherwise needed. Howard is very active, but in the butchering business he allows Horace to lead. He needs a well balanced 1874. head to lead, and he will follow. For he is so full of new projects, that you cannot be certain he will prove a good dependence. He is naturally cheery and good natured, but it seems as if, just at this age, he prefers to follow a bad, rather than a good example. If he can only pass this critical age, and get a good character established. I feel very anxious that he should. He is not fond of study, but learns very easily. He has attended school some since he returned from Tulare Co. but said he felt as if he was in prison all the time, much prefers hard work to study. I wish it were otherwise now. He has been so long out of school, that he is not much in advance of Horace and Ida in his studies. I feel that he is capable, and pray that he will, make a very smart and useful man. May the Lord bless and guide him. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) July 20. Monday. Mrs. Starkey called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 57.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) July 21. Tuesday. Mrs. Clifton Mowry this afternoon. (T.S.R. 61.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) July 22. Wednesday. Eddie Shaw came in this forenoon. He has left Roland and come down from Visalia on horseback. He says he is very tired of the sheep business and thinks Roland is also tired of it. He means to stop in this vicinity until our parents return, as he expects Bela Shaw and his family will return with them, and then together they intend to set up the boot and shoe business. We received a letter from Ada and I answered it immediately. Susie came in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) July 23. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 24. Friday. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) July 25. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) July 26. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend S. school with the others. Though Hannah is but six and one-half years old, we discover that her perma-

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January 1874

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