Delia Locke


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1875. Jan. 1. Friday. We commence this new year under very pleasant circumstances, though saddened by the late sickness and death of my dear mother. All of our eleven are at home now and well, Ada having a short vacation from the Normal school. The people of Locke ford have had their Christmas Tree this eve in the church. I did not feel able to go and see it. I received two presents, this book for a Daily Journal from husband and a beautiful photograph album from Ada, to contain sixty pictures. The forenoon was foggy and cold. (T.S.R. 28.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Jan. 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 30.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 3. Sabbath. Communion day at church. Mrs. Inglis joined our church by letter from the church of Scotland. Eunice is sick today, and I would not leave her. She seems like a teething baby, though so young, and I think it will not be long before she has teeth. I am glad Mrs. Inglis has come into our church. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 4 Monday. Ada left us this morning for San Jose again. It seems so lonely when she is gone, I do not know how to spare her. Clara called this afternoon, also afterwards Roland. He has not been back to his sheep ranch for two months, having been visiting in Oakland and San Francisco with Ellen Foster for a partner. It is rumored that he intends to make her his wife. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 5. Tuesday. Mrs. Owens called. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 6. Wednesday. Received a Postal Card from Ada saying she arrived in San Jose safely. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Jan. 7. Thursday. A foggy morning. Received a letter from cousin C. A. Bates. Geo. and Milton Mowry have been washing the walls of our rooms today, preparatory to having them whitened. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Jan. 8 Friday. Another foggy morning Eliza called. I have answered Emma Bates' letter. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 9. Saturday. Another foggy morning. Mr. Stites is here at work whitening our walls. He fixed the hall and our sleeping room, and they look much better. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.)

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January 1875

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