Delia Locke


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1876. Nov. 4. Saturday. Cloudy and a little rainy. Mr. Davis came here in P. M. on his way to his home. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Nov. 5. Sabbath. Mr. Davis left us this morning. We have attended meeting as usual. It is communion Sabbath and Mr. Stewart preached on the solitariness of Christ's sufferings, from the words. "I have trodden the wine - press alone, and of the people there was none with me." (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 6. Monday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Nov. 7. Tuesday. Election day for President of the U. S. The candidates are Hayes and Wheeler (Repub) and Tilden and Hendricks (Dem). I am happy to say that Lockeford went four to one for Hayes. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 8. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 9. Thursday. We have had remarkably warm weather so far. Flies are yet abundant, we have had but one frost to turn the locust leaves yellow, and only a few of them have fallen, while the grass, having sprung up from the abundant rain of last month is green and beautiful. Every thing wears the appearance of early Spring. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 10. Friday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 11. Saturday. The forenoon was cloudy and the afternoon windy. Ada and Minnie went to Stockton with Dr. to buy winter hats. They bought four, one for each of them and one each for Ida and Hannah. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Nov. 12. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 13. Monday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Nov. 14. Tuesday. Mrs. Stewart called in P. M. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 15. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 16. Thursday. A cloudy and rainy forenoon. Mrs. Wallace had a little daughter born this morning. I have written to Clara. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) 1876. Nov. 17. Friday. Weather foggy and cloudy. We were surprised today by visit from Bro. Roland, accompanied by a bride. They were married last Sabbath, Nov. 12. in Tulare Co. at the house of her sister. Her name was Rebecca Taylor. She is an orphan, with one brother and one sister, at whose house she had her home. She is eighteen years old, and seems smart and capable, and we hope she will make Roland a good wife, for he needs and deserves one. They are to visit in Lockeford till after Thanksgiving and then they will go to house keeping in San Francisco, while he drives on the horse-cars as before. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Nov. 18. Saturday. Weather still foggy and cloudy. We hear today of the death of Mr. Hitchrock in Stockton. He had paralysis, and was there for medical treatment. The funeral will be tomorrow, and then the family will continue to live in Stockton. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Nov. 19. Sabbath. Weather still continues foggy and cloudy. We have been to meeting. Mr. Stewart preached on the mission of Jesus "to bind up the broken-hearted." This is the birthday of Willard and Hannah. Willard is now eleven years old, weighs eightysix pounds and is four feet and eight inches in height. So he is the heaviest child of the seven, but not so tall as Ida and Horace were. In his studies, I think he is farther advanced than any except Ada and Howard, who, no doubt, were ahead of him. He is making good improvement under Mr. Ambrose as teacher. He reads in the Fourth Reader, has ciphered through Fractions and compound numbers, has a good knowledge of Geography and a little of Grammar, writes and composes well in his Journal, sings some and speaks pieces and attends S. school, and takes quite an interest in reading S. S. papers. About work, driving and ambitions, and often overworks himself. He and Mary do the milking with the help of Mrs. O'Neil. The scar on his face is very deep and the flesh adheres to the bone. He is fond of gunning, but not so much so as Horace was.

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January 1876

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