Delia Locke


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Oct 4. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 67.) Oct 5. Thursday. Have been to prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) Oct. 6. Friday. Went to store to purchase dress for Ida and to Mrs. Grubs to engage her to make the dress. Went up stairs in the "white house" where Mrs. Grubs lives and saw the new rooms Dr. has had finished there. There are four nice rooms and an entry, all plastered and painted. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 74.) Oct. 7. Saturday. Received a letter from Clara, telling that they are all recovering nicely. Mr. Ross has been confined to the house with a rupture of the bowels, but is better. Minnie Burt came from San Jose today. She is expecting to teach school somewhere in this vicinity, and make this her head-quarters. Her mother is again moving to Drytown, leaving none of the family in San Jose but Lilla, who is in the Junior Class of the Normal School. Mr. Burt has not yet sold his Ranch at Dry town, as it was hoped he would, and he is so lonely, his wife goes back to him. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Oct. 8. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the "Entry of Christ in to Jerusalem" a good sermon. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Oct. 9. Monday. Minnie Burt has engaged to teach the school in Telegraph Dist. which adjoins Ada's school, only is farther away on the west, so she will board over there and come here to spend the Sabbath. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Oct. 10. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Oct. 11. Wednesday. Minnie is sick. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Oct. 12. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Oct. 13. Friday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66. Oct. 14. Saturday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) Oct. 15. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school as usual. Susie was sick with rheumatism in her neck and was absent from her class, which does not often happen. Minnie Burt was in bed with a head ache this forenoon, but went this afternoon to her school, in company with Luther and Ada. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Oct. 16. Monday. Rainy morning. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) 1876. Oct. 17. Tuesday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Oct. 18. Wednesday. A rainy morning. We have had a hard rain at a very high temperature, and very early in the season. It will do much damage. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Oct. 19. Thursday. Before the time for Ada to go to school this morning, word came that the river had resin so high that it was not fordable, so she gave up the idea of crossing it in her usual fording place, and went to the fury to cross by the ferry-boat, but when she reached the ferry she found that it had been carried off by the rising water and sunk. It is said by some who live near the bank of the river that the water seemed to come down, all at once, about six feet in depth, and to sweep all before it. The ferry boat, being fastened with a weak cable, was carried away. Ada came back to ask what she had better do, and her father sent Luther with her to the ferry, to cross her over in a small boat. She took her clothes, so as to remain over there tonight. But when they reached the ferry, the small boat was gone and did not come back until nearly noon, so Ada could not reach the school house until all the scholars had gone home, and as most of them live at distance from the schoolhouse, she could not get word to them so as to teach at all today. I should have said that Luther took Ada's horse and saddle across the river also, so she will ride to the river tomorrow eve and be crossed over in the same way. Mrs. Thomson has been out collecting on the salary, and came here to tea, and together we went to the prayermeeting. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Oct. 20. Friday. Windy. Luther swam some horse across the river and went for Minnie and Ada, but he get wet in doing so. The girls arrived safe and dry. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Oct. 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Oct. 22. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the theme - "Christ washing the disciples feet." (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) Oct. 23. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Oct. 24. Tuesday. The weather is remarkably warm and pleasant I have been working hard at washing, and tonight go to bed with sick headache, long before the usual hour for retiring. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

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January 1876


Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

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