Delia Locke


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1878. Apr. 21. Sunday. We have attended meeting as usual. Rev. McCraken preached from the text. "The Master is come and calleth for thee." a very good sermon. This afternoon, Rebecca and baby made us a call. The baby is afraid of the children, not seeing any at home. Its name is Alice Edna. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Apr. 22. Monday. Have received letters from Luther and Ada. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Apr. 23. Tuesday. Have written to Howard and Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Apr. 24. Wednesday. I have spent the day at Father's. Rebecca was there. We sent for Mr. Stewart, and he came and baptized her baby. Hannah Geffroy and Carrie happened in and witnessed the ceremony. She had it done here, because it is so much trouble to take the baby to church in the city. She is a Methodist. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Apr. 25. Thursday. A little cloudy. Rebecca has visited us. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Apr. 26. Friday. I have had a family dinner today. Father, Mother, John, Rebecca, Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and the children were here. Susie and Mrs. Wallace could not come to dinner, but came in the afternoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Apr. 27. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66.) Apr. 28. Sabbath. We have attended S. school. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and children dined with us, as they have packed their things for moving. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Apr. 29. Monday. A windy day. Received letters from Luther and Howard. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy breakfasted with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Apr. 30. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and children again breakfasted with us, after which they bade us goodbye and started for their sheep ranch in Delano, Kem Co. by the way of Bakersfield. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) May 1. Wednesday. A cold and windy day. Taking baby and Eunice I have visited Mrs. John Kerr's. The mosquitoes were so think, they bit the baby badly. Mrs. Geo. Mowry called tonight. She is going to Nev. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) 1878. May 2. Thursday. I have written to Luther. Mrs. Stone called. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) May 3. Friday. I have written to Howard. I fixed up a box of things for Ada and sent them to her to Lathrop by Willie. She is to have a May picnic for her school, and needed the things for the literary exercises. She regrets that she can not be at our May picnic on Sat. Received a Postal from Hannah G. stating that they arrived in Bakersfield all right, and will soon proceed to Delano. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) May 4. Saturday. There has been a Temperance Picnic in our grove today, headed by the Good Templars. All the Lodges of the County, also Elliott Lodge and The Div. of Sons of Temperance were invited, and appeared in uniform. Two Cornet Bands were on the ground, the Locke ford and the Lodi Bands, and made excellent music. I was so poorly with asthma, that I concluded not to go out at all, but Dr. came in after dinner with a buggy and wished me to go just for a little while, So I went, but coughed so much that I did not enjoy it. Mr. Keniston was the chief speaker for the day, but Mr. Stewart, Mr. White and others made addresses. There was a great excitement when the people came in from the plains to the picnic, for they found Geo. Barnhardt hung to a tree near his own house, where he had evidently been hanging two or three days. It is said he died by his own hand. He was partially insane. It was a dreadful sight. As Peter Linne, one of the members of the Band was his brother-in-law, he had to leave the Band, to attend the usual Coroner’s Inquest, and make arrangements for the interment, so it disarranged the music some. Have written to Hannah Geffroy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) May 5. Sabbath. Have attended meeting and communion today. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." Hannah and Mary united with the church in full communion. I had expected Willie also to write but as Georgie Thomason joined, Willie was rather disgusted, and wanted to wait, and I didn't much wonder. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.)

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January 1878

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