Delia Locke


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1876. June 11. Sabbath. After the S. School, the church stooped for a meeting, and finally voted to hire Mr. Stewart for next year, at the same salary as he received last year. I am thankful that we have at last arrived at this decision, though we have to "walk by faith" as regards raising the salary, for just now we cannot see how it is to be done. If Geo. would promise to help, it could easily be raised, but he will not. The Campbellites have had a basket meeting today, under the trees by Mrs. Spooner's, and after it they baptized three young people. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 85.) June 12. Monday. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) June 13. Tuesday. Received a letter from Ada. She says they seem to be "shut in" from the rest of the world, On all sides except one, they are surrounded by high hills and mountains, on that side old ocean rolls, not more than fifty yards off. Looking towards the west, the town of Bolinas is seen, on the other side of the bay, about three miles off where she teaches, and to which they ride each day in a buggy. The road goes right along the shore of the ocean so near, that at high tide the water comes to the hubs of the wheels. Mr. & Mrs. Weeks, with whom she boards, are pleasant people from Mass. She and Felida have the task of dividing the school, which till now has been all under the care of one teacher, and a poor teacher, too. Ada feels rather discouraged at the prospect. Eunice is now twentytwo mos. old, and a great talker for her age. When we ask her, "Where's Ada?” she says – “gone to cool." When she sees any one says, "halloo," speaking their names. She has sixteen teeth, and weighs twentyfour pounds, as last month. So she is as forward as any about teething, and is as large as Ada, Horace and Mary were, and larger than Willard and Hannah. We have hot nights as well as days. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 88.) June 14. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 83.) June 15. Thursday. Have attended the prayer meeting this eve. Mr. Stewart (warmest day) was not able to be present, on account of sickness. He is in bed most of the time. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 88.) 1876. June 16. Friday. I have written today to Aunt Gerould and sent Eunice's picture. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 86.) June 17. Saturday. Geo. came over with boat and Father, Mother and I went with him home and took dinner there. After dinner, we went in the boat to the levee and orchard. Starting out so soon after eating, I turned sick and threw up my dinner. Soon after arriving home, Mrs. Norton and Mrs. Rogers came and stayed to tea. Mrs. Rogers is shortly going back to Los Angeles. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 73.) June 18. Sabbath. We have been to meeting as usual and heard Mr. Stewart preach from the text. "For this cause this man was born blind, that the works of God might be made manifest in him." (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 71.) June 19. Monday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) June 20. Tuesday. Received our weekly letter from Ada. She feels as if a hard task was before her, to bring up her school to any thing like a good standard. For two years past, a Presbyterian minister has been employed there, and the school is in a very backward condition. Also received a letter from Eliza. They are preparing to have quite a celebration of the Centennial. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) June 21. Wednesday. I have written to Ada. This afternoon I called on Mrs. Foote, returned and took tea at Father's, as it is his birthday - sixtyone years old, and much happier now with his new wife, than he was a year ago. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) June 22. Thursday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) June 23. Friday. This morning, I unexpectedly started on a trip to Sac. with Dr. He was going on business and invited me to accompany him. We arrived at Lodi about noon and were invited to dine at Isaac Smith's, which we did, then took the cars for Sac. a little after one, P. M. Arrived in Sac, we went to the Western Hotel (new) - I should have said that John was with us. I was so weary that I lay down, while they went out to walk. In the eve. Mr. & Mrs. Greenlaw came to the Hotel to see us, which was a pleasant to us. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.) June 24. Saturday. This morn, John and I went early to the Railroad Depot, and watched them as they made up the trains.

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January 1876

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