Delia Locke


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1876. Father's spectacles, the likeness is quite striking, so his Father says. He is very active and mischievous, needs constant care to keep him "straight," and is always getting into trouble at school. He reads in the First Reader, and is quite quick in numbers, but has not yet learned to write. He rides a horse well and is fond of active exercise. Sometime ago, Aunt Gerould sent him some small pictures, which were to be kept for a birthday present for him. She remembers him in all her letters, as she gave him his name. This eve. the Literary Society met here. It is now adjourned till Fall. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) May 31. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) June 1. Thursday. Ada is packing her trunk to leave us, to go and teach school at Bolinas. Mrs. Le Faber came here this afternoon, and I wrote a letter for her to her friends in Conn. Have received an answer from Mr. Warren to the effect that the Home Miss. Society will not refuse aid to our church on the salary. Mr. Stewart owed a note to Mr. Keniston which Geo. held, and we hoped that as Geo. had paid but little on the salary that he would cancel it without receiving the money. But just now, when Mr. Stewart needs the money so much to get married with, Geo. has presented the note, and Mr. Stewart has paid it. We feel very badly about it. Now some of us must run around and collect money for Mr. Stewart, and we cannot square up the last years salary, as we fondly hoped to do. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) June 2. Friday. Ada left this morning for Bolinas. How lonely we shall be without her! Susie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) June 3. Saturday. The Brick Church S. school had a picnic today, and the children attended. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) June 4. Sabbath. Susie had another little daughter born early this morn. Now she has had eight four boys and four girls. Mr. Stewart preached today from the text." The law 1876. of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. "A church meeting was held after the service and a com. appointed to fix up the salary matter and report progress next week. Mrs. Inglis called this eve. before the meeting. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) June 5. Monday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) June 6. Tuesday. Received a short letter from Ada today, saying that she arrived in Bolinas safely, and that she is to be Principal teacher in the school of more than sixty scholars. The trip there is quite a tedious one by stage from Sausalito over the mountains and she was stage sick. Stopped over night at Mr. Geffroy's at Brooklyn and he accompanied her to San Francisco and got her safely started to Bolinas. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67. June 7. Wednesday. Mrs. Weber called. A sudden change in the weather tonight, caused by a cold wind. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 64.) June 8. Thursday. A cloudy morning. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 63.) June 9. Friday. Horace Mann rowed the boat with me to see Susie and babe. Now for more than a month we have not been able to cross without a boat, on account of the high water. Susie is getting along nicely, also baby. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) June 10. Saturday. Luther and Howard started today for the state of Nevada. They each rode a horse, had one packed with their provisions and blankets, which they drove before them, and also drove nine colts to be pastured over there with the cattle and sheep. Their destination is Mr. Hetfield's place, as it seemed necessary that some one should go over to see about the interests of the stock, and we would not send one boy alone. We expect Howard soon to return but Luther will perhaps look out for himself some land, as he fancies some there might suit him and he is now almost old enough to hold land in his own name. It is a perilous journey, and we commend them to the kind care of our Father. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.)

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January 1876


Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

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