Delia Locke


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1878. Jan. 1. Tuesday. We were all invited to Father's today to dinner. There were present Susie and all her family Clara and her family, Hannah and all her family except Mr. Geffroy, all our family except Luther, and the Stewart girls. So all Father's children were there but Roland, Josiah and Horace. We had a pleasant time. Two marriages took place - Mrs. Stonis daughter Alice was married to a man who works on the railroad by the name of Condon. Mr. White of Lodi married them at Widow Stonis house. Lucy Putnam and William Whipple were married by Mr. Stewart at Mr. Putnam's. We wish them joy. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Jan. 2. Wednesday. We received a letter from Luther saying that he received the Christmas present we sent to him on Christmas. He had gone to Ione Nevada to spend Christmas. They had a Tree there and merry making and while others received their presents from the tree, he received his by mail, and was delighted with it, for it was just what he wanted. So he was not as lonely as he would otherwise have been. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 42.) Jan. 3. Thursday. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.) Jan. 4. Friday. Dr. started today for Nevada, to visit Luther and settle up business with Mr. Hetfield, either to sell or buy, as it does not seem best to continue longer in partnership with him. He is getting old and his son Bob takes advantage of him and disposes of company property to his own use, as he sees fit. Clara had a little daughter born today. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.) Jan. 5. Saturday. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 44.) Jan. 6. Sabbath. A cloudy day. We have attended S. school today. I had twelve boys in my class, and there were sixty scholars in the school. A good beginning for the years. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 7. Monday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Howard started to school again at San Jose. Have received Postals from Dr. from different stations on his way to Luther. 1878. At Wadsworth, Nev. the thermometer stood only two deg. above zero. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Jan. 8. Tuesday. The morning was cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Jan. 9. Wednesday. A foggy morning, a cloudy day and a rainy night. The Good Templars met in their new hall over, or rather in, the second story of Charles Dial's house, which they have leased for ten months. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.) Jan. 10. Thursday. Nova Miller came to the Lodge last eve. and stayed here over night and remained today. I have written to Dr. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Jan. 11. Friday. Ada went to Stockton to see about getting a school which is needing a teacher, in a District near Lathrop, and Nova Miller went with her. Ada has engaged the school, and it is to commence next Monday, so she has but little time to prepare to go. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 12. Saturday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 13. Sabbath. Weather a little windy and cloudy. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the history of the kings of Judah, contained in the series of S.S. Lessons for this quarter. He showed by their successes and defeats that "Faith in God is a requisite for obtaining help from Him." He also spoke of Ada's leaving us, and made his sermon almost as sad as a funeral sermon. After the meeting, Ada was hurried to the Station, but proved too late for the train, and remained in Lodi all night, so as to take the early train in the morn. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 14. Monday. A rainy morning, as windy day and a very windy evening. We have received letters from Dr. and also from Howard, Dr. had just arrived in Ione, Nevada. He said a crowd stood about the Station as the stage in which he was arrived and he looked around expecting Luther would be there to welcome him, but could not see him. Luther was standing there but had grown and

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January 1878

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