Delia Locke


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1878. to Mrs. Bruml's, then to Mrs. Hurd's, next to Mrs. Hurd's, then to her daughter-in-law's. Mrs. Young's, then to Mrs. Roberts', then to Mrs. Mowry’s and lastly to Mrs. Evan's. I called for the first time upon all these ladies except Mrs. Bruml and Mrs. Mowry, so that I have performed a long neglected duty, but too much at once, for I am so weary tonight, that it will take me days to get rested. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) Apr. 11. Thursday. A foggy morning. Ida took a horse and buggy and started to Lathrop for Ada. We thought it such a journey that they would not return till tomorrow, but the evening was so bright and moon shiny, and the horse rested so quickly that they concluded to come back tonight and arrived about eleven o'clock. Ada got a day's vacation in order to attend the school exhibition to be held tomorrow evening. Have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) Apr. 12. Friday. A little cloudy and threatening rain again Mrs. Mowry and her two children spent the afternoon with us and remained to tea. The school exhibition came off in the church under the care of Mr. Ambrose, the object of which is to raise funds with which to purchase a windmill for the school house. They acted out "Ten Nights in a Bar - room" and "Madame Jarley's Wax-works", interspersed with instrumental music. The plays passed off very well, and they realized eighty seven and one-half dollars for the windmill, which all thought was doing remarkably well. I did not go. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Apr. 13. Saturday. Still cloudy and I have been sick in bed with sick headache. Mrs. Le Faber called. Received a cheerful letter from Howard, in which he states that he ranks No.6 in his class, where there are sixteen ranks. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Apr. 14. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy and showery through the day, with a beautiful and very bright rainbow at night, and a heavy rain through the night. Went to S.S. after which Ada went back to Lathrop. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 47.) 1878. Apr. 15. Monday. A cloudy day with showers of rain and hail. "Too much wet" the farmers cry, for much grain is already drowned out. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Apr. 16. Tuesday. Still cloudy. The birthday of Dr. and Luther. No celebration for Luther, who is now twenty two is far away. He has now been in Nevada almost a year. Large, well proportioned and healthy, we have reason to think he is doing well. More fervently I pray for him today, that he may be preserved from "all evil" which might overtake soul or body. Dr. is now fifty five, but he need not look any older, if he were ten years older. Worry breaks him down, and he will not rest from worry. I wish he might learn the truth of this Scripture by experience. "Then will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee." I have written to Howard. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Apr. 17. Wednesday. I have written to Ada. Mrs. Wallace and children are now visiting in Lockeford, and stopping at Susie's, so she and Susie with the children and Mrs. Stewart took tea with us. Ellen. Baird also called. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.) Apr. 18. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Apr. 19. Friday. A cloudy and rainy day. Have written to Luther. Georgie is now six months old - a large babe weighing twenty and one-half pounds, and very intellectual looking. He has no teeth yet, but will have soon, I think. He is a quiet child, makes but little trouble, and is forward. He has a tin rattle and a whistle in the end, and he can blow it well, learned it himself. So he will try every new play thing, to see if he can make it whistle. His hair stays very prettily on his head a pretty brown. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Apr. 20. Saturday. Still cloudy and showery. I have written to Cousin Sarah A. Hammond. Rev. McCraken and Sarah called. He is preaching in Calaveras Co. and having fixed a home in Murphys, has come for his daughter to go there. Roland's wife - Rebecca - and baby have come to Father's from San Francisco. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.)

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January 1878

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