Delia Locke


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1876. lives near there, and I am to stop over night with her, while Dr. goes home. I spent the afternoon visiting with her. She supports herself and her two children - Arthur and Mabel - by teaching drawing and painting - going out to sew, and all such work as she can get to do. Sometimes she paints photographs for Spooner. Now she has a class of four chinamen, who come to her house every evening to learn to read - or at least four evenings in a week for a dollar a piece. Then she rents her chambers to a small family and has three day scholars in pencil drawing. So she gets along better than she did when her husband was living. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Apr. 25. Tuesday. In Stockton. This morning, Mrs. Allard and I went to Spooner's Photograph Rooms with Eunice and had her pictures taken. She was afraid of him and of the "machine" and we could not get a smiling picture, which I wished to do, for she looks so pretty when she smiles. Next I went and bought a hat for Ida and a school hat for Ada. This occupied most of the forenoon. The afternoon I spent in knitting and waiting for Mr. Wallace to come for me. He was a witness at court in the case of Stacey and Trethaway and could not leave so that we could start for home until sunset. So we had a late ride home, and a very tiresome one for me. But as the children were expecting me. I thought not best to stay another night. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Apr. 26. Wednesday. Weather cloudy with a little shower in the morning. I am sick with headache, the effect of my late ride last night - otherwise I should have been glad to have attended the Odd Fellows Picnic in our grove. They had the Silver Band from Stockton, an oration by Esq. Loutitt and a nice dinner. The children went but I was not able to go. The body of Louisa Perarie, drowned Mar. 19 in the river above here, was found yesterday by Geo. Locke in our bottom, under the following 1876. circumstances. He was coming over in his wagon and in crossing one of the sloughs, the wagon stuck, and the tongue was broken out in trying to get it loose. The horses got loose from the wagon and ran up towards the river. Geo. followed them and found them standing still right by the dead body. Thus was he led to discover the remains, lying partly in and partly out of the water. As soon as he could fix his wagon he took the body home, and the funeral is today. So after beating about in the water five weeks and two days, and making a journey of more than ten miles, the body of the poor girl is at last deposited in its last resting place. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Apr. 27. Thursday. Mrs. Huntington and Mrs. Wallace made a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) Apr. 28. Friday. The day has been a little cloudy with thunder and rain at night. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.) Apr. 29. Saturday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) Apr. 30. Sabbath. Very cool weather for this season. We have attended the S. school. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 65.) May 1. Monday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 2. Tuesday. Mrs. Weber came to engage Mr. Stewart to perform the marriage ceremony for he son Charles and Louisa Mormon on next Sabbath, so she dined with us. As he is her only child, she feels great interest to have everything done in the best manner. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) May 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) May 4. Thursday. In trying to go home from school tonight, Sarah and Wallace got into the water, so they came back, Sarah put on dry clothes, and both stayed over night. It is so trouble some getting back and forth across the mud and water that Sarah thinks of boarding through the week at Mrs. Wallace's and leave Wallace at home. We have attended the prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) May 5. Friday. Windy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.)

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January 1876

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