Delia Locke


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1876. Apr. 11. Tuesday. A windy day. The Literary Society met here this eve. Mrs. Bruml called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Apr. 12. Wednesday. Dr. went to Stockton today and Ada went with him as far as to Mary Farichilds' school, which is near Stockton. She had a pleasant visit. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 59.) Apr. 13. Thursday. Eunice is today twenty mos. old and weighs twenty two and one-half pounds. Ada and Horace were smaller than this all the others larger. She has as many teeth as any at her age, viz. sixteen, and as forward as any about talking. She speaks all our names but her own and Howard's and is very imitative. This afternoon, I called on Mrs. Emma Watson. She has a bright babe of four mos. a boy, named Alpha, also a boy of five named. Harry. She looks old and worn. Her mother and Annie are in Germany, the former to visit old friends, the latter to learn the German language I went to Mrs. Wallace's to tea. Susie and Ellen Baird were there. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) Apr. 14. Friday. A foggy morning. Hannah Geffroy came up from Brooklyn with baby and Carrie to visit us - is at Susie's. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Apr. 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 63.) Apr. 16. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. This is the birthday again. Dr. is now fiftythree years old, and as he grows older, he increases in size and in weight. He weighs towards one hundred and ninety pounds, and does not cough as much as formerly, but is more inclined to look on the "blue side" of things, though it must be said that money matters are indeed very distressingly "tight", never so much so before in Cal. Luther is now twenty, and a large boy indeed, as he is about six feet in height and weighs one hundred and sixtyeight pounds. He is now attending school to Mr. Ambrose, and is quite attentive and gentlemanly in department. He is also captain of the Base Ball 1876. Club, in which he is much interested, and Sec. of the Literary Society. He is a studious reader but takes no interest in meetings and S. school. This is a grief of heart to me. Mr. Tinkham of Stockton a former classmate of Ada's at the Normal, dined with us. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 58.) Apr. 17. Monday. Susie and Hannah Geffroy, with their children came and visited me this afternoon. Hannah's baby - Arthur - has a scabby sore head and face, which reminds us of Bro. Roland's face, as it was when he was a babe. Carrie, who is also with her, has the whooping cough. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) Apr. 18. Tuesday. We had a shower this morning. Received a letter from Clara. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.) Apr. 19. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Apr. 20. Thursday. Wrote to Clara this forenoon, and went to Father's this afternoon. Susie and Hannah were also there. Hannah's babe has such a sore head that she thinks she shall shorten her visit, as it makes him quite sick. For tea, we cut the wedding cake, which Susie made for Father. It was nice. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) Apr. 21. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Apr. 22. Saturday. I went this morning to bid Hannah and children goodby. Her baby seemed so much worse that she did not finish her visit, but hastened home. They were all in the wagon when I got there. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Apr. 23. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Blakeslee, being on his annual round, preached for us from the text, "After his kind," showing how all things are arranged according to unchangeable laws. According to infallible law, he also is growing old, but he retains his energy and vivacity to a remarkable degree. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Apr. 24. Monday. Taking Eunice with us, for the purpose of getting her photograph, Dr. and I went to Stockton. We arrived about noon and went to the Pacific Hotel for our dinners. We found where Mrs. Allard

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January 1876

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