Delia Locke


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1876. Dec. 7. Thursday. Susie and Hannah came with their children and spent the day with us, so I had my three sisters and their little ones all with me, and I enjoyed their visit much, though I have to work very hard when I have so many to eat here, for my Chinaman (Ah Ting) is not very smart, though willing. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 8. Friday. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 55.) Dec. 9. Saturday. Clara and Mr. Ross went to Ellen Baird's visiting today with the babies and returned at night. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Dec. 10. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Mr. Seigel buried a child with diphtheria. Many other children in the Poland District are sick with it. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Dec. 11. Monday. Dr. went to San Francisco today. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Dec. 12. Tuesday. Forenoon cloudy. This is the first morning when we did not have a frost, for two and a half weeks. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Dec. 13. Wednesday. Mary Brakeman was married last Sunday to Mr. G. F. Ramsdell in Stockton. To say that she was most unwise, would be using very mild language. In the first place he is a stranger to her and everybody round here. Then he has frequently spoken of and written to a woman, who, if she be not his wife, is his companion in crime. Sometimes he has said she was his wife, and at other times denied it, so he must be a liar, at all events. Then again, he has no means with which to support a wife. He and Mary went to Stockton in a borrowed buggy, and went to a Hotel to stop, and now they cannot get away unless some our will loan him the money to pay his board bill. And when they get here, he has no home when he can take her and she has no home now for her mother and Wilbur told her if she married him, she could not live with them. O what a dreadful infatuation. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) 1876. Dec. 14. Thursday. Have attended prayermeeting this evening. I can go more frequently now in the evening, because for some months I have not been much troubled with asthma. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Dec. 15. Friday. Dr. came home from San Francisco today. Clara and I took our little ones and went to Father's and stayed to dinner. Hannah and her children are there. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 16. Saturday. Ada's birthday. She is now nineteen years old and weighs one hundred and thirty pounds. She still continues to ford the river on her way to her school in Brunswick District, where she seems likely to have the school for eight mos. There has been so little rain, that except for a few days she has forded the river all the time, which very much shortens the distance she has to go. She is much liked as a teacher, perhaps fading a little in not being quite strict enough She is one of the prominent singers here, a leader in the Literary Society and in every good work, and one who could not well be spared from our society. She has now arrived at an age when she has a right to be looking forward to matrimonial relations, and I pray the dear Father to send her a man who may be to her a good husband, one "after His own heart." (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Dec. 17. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem," &c (T.S.R. 27. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Dec. 18. Monday. A cloudy day. Hannah Geffroy and children came at night. So with Mr. Ross family and all our levee men, we have between thirty and forty in our family. (T.S.R. 27. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 46.) Dec. 19. Tuesday. Hannah Geffroy went to Geo.'s this morning. She had intended to visit me now, and it was expected that the Ross family would go to Geo.'s, but as Clara is engaged to play at the school ex-

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January 1876

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