Delia Locke


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1876. and Howard started in the morning and were obliged to wait at Lodi until that time, and, of course, could not arrive in San Jose until after midnight. It would have been hard for me to have waited there until that time and then rode in the night, so the good Father sent me the headache to keep me from starting. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 47.) Mar. 30. Thursday. Windy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Mar. 31. Friday. Windy again. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Apr. 1. Saturday. Ada has arrived home again. She came loaded down with bouquets which were thrown to her on graduation day. She has passed "safe and sound" through that ordeal and is now prepared to enjoy a rest from school. I am thankful that she has been through the course and graduated without injuring her health. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 65.) Apr. 2. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached from the first verse of Acts, which was contained in the S.S. lesson. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Apr. 3. Monday. Cloudy with a little rain. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Apr. 4. Tuesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Apr. 5. Wednesday. I was surprised and pleased with a visit from old Mrs. Rogers today. She is stopping with Mrs. Norton. She is now a widow, as Mr. Rogers died last Dec. Her home is in Los Angeles, to which she intends to return in June. It almost seems as if mother had been here again. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) Apr. 6. Thursday. Our Mary is now twelve years old, weighs seventy pounds, and is four and one-half feet tall. She is much the smallest child of her age, we have had, and also much the most backward. Willie and even Hannah is far ahead of her in her studies, she being in the Primary school, while he has been advanced to the other one She is just commencing to cipher a little, reads in the Third Reader and knows but little of Geography. She writes a fair hand but cannot compose well. She is smart and active about work, 1876. and is especially useful in taking care of little children, for whom she has a great fondness. She has now recovered from the whooping cough, but is not strong, being often sick. It is hard for her to learn to repeat anything, but lately she has received a prize in S. school for repeating the ten commandments. When once her energies are aroused, she is very persevering. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 59.) Apr. 7. Friday. A rainy morn and then again near night a thunder storm. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.) Apr. 8. Saturday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Apr. 9. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and showery but not so to interfere with our attendance at meeting, to which we all went as usual, and listened to a missionary sermon by Mr. Stewart from the text," Go teach all nations", etc. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Apr. 10. Monday. Mrs. Lee Faber called today. Ida is now fourteen years old, and a large girl. She is the tallest of the females in this household, being five feet and five inches in height. She is also the largest of all the children who have attained this age. She weighs one hundred and fifteen pounds, and is very well and strong. She has a long and beautiful head of hair and a fine figure. She is sprightly and works quickly and well, turning off sewing and housework very fast. In her studies she is in the first classes in school, having been through arithmetic and Book keeping with Horace, and now they are studying algebra, rhetoric, physiology ,etc. She with Horace and Ada are about to commence taking lessons in short hand writing - phonograph soon. She still paints occasionally, but can not practise it much until school closes, as she is too busy with her studies. She is in Aunt Susie's class in S. school and a constant attendant. She is also quite a help in singing, to which she has never given as much attention as Ada had, neither is she so natural in music. She is very fond of Eunice and a great help to me. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.)

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January 1876

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