Delia Locke


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1877. July 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) July 22. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Friend, go up higher." This afternoon, Lizetta Megerle was brought here by her cousin Fred. She will remain here to make a visit. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) July 23. Monday. Received today a letter from Eliza enclosing a pretty wrought tidy of Java canvass, made for me by Louisa. Ada and Lizetta Megerle went out riding on horseback, and Lizetta's horse shied and threw her off, as she is not accustomed to horseback riding. She is heavy and came down very hard, hurting her back very much. She could not rise, and when she had been picked up, she could neither step nor sit up. She was put on a bed and brought here in a wagon, and still suffers severe pain. We hear that Mrs. Chrisman is married to a Mr. Taft. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) July 24. Tuesday. Mrs. John Smith called this afternoon to see Lizetta. She is somewhat more comfortable but not able to be moved without screaming. Ellison Cahill had a preliminary examination and was bound over to appear before the Grand Jury. He and his friends have boasted that he would be cleared without even so much as a trial before the Grand Jury. They are somewhat sober about it now. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) July 25. Wednesday. Geo. McStay and wife Josie and little girl Mystte are here to spend the night. He is out to get bail for Ellison, that he may run at large. We hope he will not succeed in getting bail. The subject was not mentioned in the family. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 79.) July 26. Thursday. Mr. & Mrs. McStay left after breakfast. Mr. Kineston called this evening. He has come to Cal. to remain, and is engaged to teach as Principal in a Grammar School in Stockton. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) 1877. July 27. Friday. Mrs. James called this afternoon, also Cora Vincent and Mrs. Armstrong. The last named is acting as Agent for the sale of Dressmaking Charts. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 79.) July 28. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 29. Sabbath. We have attended S. school and Mr. Keniston came home to dinner with us. It seems good and pleasant to see him again. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) July 30. Monday. Lizetta Megerle has so far recovered as to be able to leave us. She is in a hurry so to do, as she is going back to Normal School in a couple of weeks, where she is to be a Senior. Received a letter from Luther, in which he says that Mr. Hetfield is in Cal. visiting his brother-in-law, and that he will probably come and visit us also. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) July 31. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 74.) Aug. 1. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) Aug. 2. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.) Aug. 3. Friday. Mrs. McStay came and dined with us. It is pleasant to see her again. Geo. her son - is wearing himself out, and using up his energies trying to get bail for Elison Cahill, that he may be let out of jail, which we hope will not be accomplished. Let him stay in "durance vile" as long as he can were it twenty years, it were none too long. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 78.) Aug. 4. Saturday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 81.) Aug. 5. Sabbath. J. T. Johnson - a man who for many years has been in the habit of having his "sprees" often here in this village - has taken his last drink, and passed away from earth. He died this morning, the dreadful death of the drunkard. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "The Lord opened the head of Lydia," etc. at the regular service in church. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 79.) Aug. 6. Monday. Howard today started for San Jose, to attend the Normal School - also Sarah. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 81.)

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January 1877

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