Delia Locke


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1877. Jan. 9. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Jan. 10. Wednesday. Mrs. Rogers came to see us in the afternoon (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 51.) Jan. 11. Thursday. A cold and windy day. Mrs. Rogers is still here, and we went to prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan 12. Friday. Another windy afternoon. Mrs. Stewart came to give Mary a music lesson and was taken with a fainting fit, to which she is subject. After she had lain a while, Mr. Stewart came and took her home, Mrs. Roger went this afternoon to see Mrs. Inglis (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Jan. 13. Saturday. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 14. Sabbath. A cloudy day. Longingly all are looking for rain after such a dry and frosty time. We have attended meeting. It was communion day. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." After the sermon, Mr. & Mrs. Putnam were baptized and united with the church. This is a very pleasant addition to our numbers, and shows the good results of affliction in this case. It has not been thought best to continue the meetings for prayer as there is so much diphtheria sickness about in the vicinity (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Jan. 15. Monday. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Jan. 16. Tuesday. A cloudy and rainy day. We are having a very heavy rain, which is gratefully received. But in the midst of the heaviest rain and also thunder storm, loving hands were preparing Mina Mowry far the greave. She died of diphtheria today, and will be buried tomorrow. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Jan. 17. Wednesday. Very heavy showers today, and those who buried Mina Mowry got wet through (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 46.) Jan. 18.Thursday. Very rainy with thunder. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 19. Friday. Still rainy. I have written to Hannah Geffroy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) 1877. Jan. 20. Saturday. Today. I went to see Mrs. Wallace, who is making preparations to leave Lockeford. They are going to move to Oakland to live. This will make a vacancy in our church and S. school, will will not easily be filled. We are sorry to have them go. Her babe Lucia is growing finely. I called also to see Mrs. Mowry but she is at Lodi. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Jan. 21. Sabbath. A cloudy day. Have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 22. Monday. Frankie Rich died today - the only child of his parents - about Eunice's age. He died of diphtheria, after a short illness. His father fainted when he died and still continues out of his mind. His mother is in feeble health. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 23. Tuesday. Went to the funeral of Frankie Rich this after noon in our church, and such a funeral I never attended before. First the father would faint, then the mother would faint, and finally they went to the burial with the father insensible in the carriage. The Campbellite minister officiated (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 24. Wednesday. Mr. Henshaw has come back to us to work in the store. He has been wandering around while absent, exposed to all sorts of dangers in wild country, but lately has been living by himself, much crippled, in a cabin near San Jose. His sister wrote to Dr. a while ago, desiring him to take an interest in, and do what he could for him. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Jan. 25. Thursday. Have been to prayermeeting this evening. My health this winter is much better than usual, and I am so glad and happy to be able to attend the prayermeetings for I enjoy them so much. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.) Jan. 26. Friday. I have been to Susie's today visiting with Mrs. Stewart. Mrs. Wallace and children were there, having left their house. Mr. Wallace is in Oakland, looking for another house. Mrs. W. has property in San Francisco, while they intend to sell. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.)

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January 1877

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