Delia Locke


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1875. July 20. Tuesday. Dr. has gone to San Francisco with Ida and Horace. The children have long been promised this visit, as a reward for diligence and good behavior also Horace wishes to take lessons of Mr. Gruber - the naturalist - in stuffing birds and animals - and Ida has received an invitation from Mrs. Lizzie White to spend the time with her, and has offered her the use of her painter's materials, that she may practise painting as much as she pleases. So they anticipate to profit as well as pleasure. We learn that Mr. Russem is dead. We did not know of his sickness, though he has been sick four weeks. So she is again a widow. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) July 21. Wednesday. Went to see Clara. They are packing up for removal, and know not yet where they shall locate. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) July 22. Thursday. Mr. Ross, Clara and the children took breakfast with us. Then they bade us goodby and went away. They are to go first to Cache Creek. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 87.) July 23. Friday. (T.S.R. 67.2 P.M. 97. S.S. 88.) July 24. Saturday. Dr. came home, leaving Ida and Horace on the boat for San Jose. So they will make Ada a short visit. (T.S.R. 62.2 P.M. 96. S.S. 84.) July 25. Sabbath. I have been so much troubled with asthma that I could not go to church. This hot weather is very oppressive. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 26. Monday. Ida and Horace arrived home today, so well pleased with their visit, and so full of talk about all they have seen, that they cannot express themselves fast enough. They visited Woodward's Gardens and quite a member of Art Galleries in San Francisco, took boat to Alviso and spent a day and a half in San Jose with Ada going over the Normal School Building to church and to Gardens and other fine sights. Horace has a collection of sea fowl's eggs, Ida has painted a fine view in the Sierra Nevada Mts. and both have had their photographs taken. They have seen and enjoyed so much, that they are quite weary. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 28. Wednesday. Ric’d letter from Ada. She enjoyed the childrens' visit much. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) July 29. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) July 30. Friday. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) July 31. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) Aug. 1. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the history of the trial of Abraham's faith, both morning and evening. I could not go to hear him in the evening, but would have been glad to have done so, for his sermons were interesting. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Aug. 2. Monday. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) Aug. 3. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 62.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Aug. 4. Wednesday. Of late, it has been found that Mrs. Le Faber and the children were really suffering for the comforts of life. They have all had the measles, and the baby, about the age of mine, is also teething. As its mother is sick, she does not furnish breast milk enough for it, and they have no cow, so the poor little thing is actually, starving. Its father has been drinking hard lately, so he has not cared for his family as he ought. So some of us have been preparing clothing and material for them, and today was set as a time for us to meet at Mrs. Wallace's and sew. But this morning word came that they baby was dead. Suddenly it was released from its suffering, and its existence transferred to a happier clime. Susie came along with her buggy and so Eliza and I went up there with some grave clothes for the baby. We found Mrs. Isaac Smith there and the body laid out in a little nightgown furnished by Mrs. Montgomery. So we put on the things we had brought. Mrs. Le Faber is very feeble hardly able to be out of bed. We left there about noon,

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January 1875

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