Delia Locke


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1877. May 12. Friday. This morn, bidding Sister Hannah and the children goodby, I started home. Had a pleasant trip home in the cars. Mr. Walker of Lodi the Methodist minister was near me and helped me take care of my bundles, I can truly say that I have had a very pleasant time at Oakland, and my health has improved rapidly while there. Found Dr. waiting for me at the train, but the ride home was hot and dusty, which was not calculated to ease the headache, which trouble me. Found Willie quite sick with fever. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 60.) May 12. Saturday. Minnie Burt is here. She and Ada are arranging a picnic. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 57.) May. 13. Sabbath. Have attending meeting and communion service. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "To know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge," This afternoon, Susie came with a letter from Hannah which she received yesterday, the purport of which is that she wishes to move from Brooklyn and thinks of coming to Lockeford. She was quite undecided when I left, as to what she would do. She does not like living in Brooklyn alone, and besides she does not wish to keep so large and expensive a house when Mr. Geffroy is at sheep camp. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 57.) May 14. Monday. We have had a shower tonight. It is too late for rains to do much good now. The fields from Stockton to San Francisco, along the railroad, are in a distressing condition. Not a blade of grass, not even a spear of dry grass, in many places, can be seen. Many farmers have lost the entire crop. From Stockton to this vicinity, it looks a little better, as though some might have a half crop. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) May 15. Tuesday. This morning, another shower, and a cloudy day. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) May 16. Wednesday. A little rain this forenoon and a cloudy day. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) 1877. May 17. Thursday. Received a Postal from Hannah G. saying that she is coming to Lockeford to live and will be here tomorrow. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) May 18. Friday. A windy day. Hannah G. and family arrived by train. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 75.) May 19. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.) May 20. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. Hannah G. and family are still here, intending to go to house keeping tomorrow. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 57.) May 21. Monday. We have had strange weather today, cloudy all day with occasional showers, and at four P. M. we had a thunder storm accompanied with a heavy shower of hail. So much hail fell, and in such large pieces, that when night closed in it had not melted on the north side of building and in sheltered places. This storm will injure the early fruits, almost spoiling the crop. Hannah G. and family went to housekeeping in the chambers of the white house, over the Grubs family. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.) May 22. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) May 23. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) May 24. Thursday. Have attended the prayermeeting this eve. It has been a great privilege which I have enjoyed to be able to attend the prayermeetings so much this spring. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) May 25. Friday. I have been out collecting money for Mr. Stewart and calling. I called on Mrs. Mowry, Mrs. James, Mrs. Thompson and Sister Hannah. The James family live in Mr. Stacey's house, and she seems like a very pleasant lady. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.) May 26. Saturday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) May 27. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour." Mrs. Le Faber came home with us to dinner. Now that they live so far away she does not often come to meeting. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 63.)

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January 1877

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