Delia Locke


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1878. May 22. Wednesday. Still cloudy. Ada started for San Jose to attend the graduation exercises of the Normal school. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) May 23. Thursday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) May 24. Friday. The weather has seemed excessively warm today. As some one had to go to Lodi for Howard, I decided to call on Mrs. Inglis while they were gone. So taking the baby I went. Had a pleasant talk with her. When How and arrived, we all went home together. Ada has gone to San Francisco, to attend the Great Musical Festival. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) May 25. Saturday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) May 26. Sabbath. We have attended attended meeting. As Mr. Stewart did not preach in the morning, the Campbellites begged the use of the church to preach the funeral sermon of Ephraim Whitney who died in March. So Mr. Briggs spouted away, calling it preaching. After telling at the commencement of his harangue that we had come to attend the funeral exercises of "our beloved brother," he forgot all about it through the rest of his talk, so that one would have judged he had anything else as the object of his talk, rather than that. As to his ever knowing much, "there is more hope of a fool than of him." He is too conceited for anything. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) May 27. Monday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) May 28. Tuesday. (T.S. R. 54. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 29. Wednesday! Very cool. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 57.) May 30. Thursday. Have written to Luther. This is our birthday. mine and Johnnie's. I am now forty two years old, in feeble health, giving all my strength to my strong babe and suffering much from general debility, still happy in being able to keep about most of the time and attend to some necessary duties, which are also privileges I have met my S.S. class every Sabbath this year so far, and hope to do so all through the year. I am much interested in those fifteen dear boys, and pray to be able to do them good. John is now nine, weighs sixty lbs. and is four feet and one inch in height. So he is the smallest of all the boys and also smaller and not so forward as most 1878. of the girls. He is still in the second Reader, but is very good in Mental Arithmetic, as he is quick at figures. He has an active mind, but is full of mischief and needs to be kept constantly employed. He is not a lazy boy, but loves to work, also loves to heritor, so he is often in trouble. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) May 31. Friday. A cloudy day and very cool for this time of the year. There have come to Hannah the string of gold beads which have been Grandma Locke's and which she promised her for her name. They came by mail in a registered package, and some of them were badly jammed, as they were not well put up. They are not so large as Mary's beads, which were Aunt Howard's It is a little singular that two of our girls should inherit strings of gold beads as heir looms. Grandma wrote a letter saying she wished to send them to Hannah while she was able. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) June 1. Saturday. Anniversary picnic at brick church. Some of the children went. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) June 2. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, etc. to a perfect man in Christ Jesus." After the service we had a church meeting. First a committee was chosen consisting of Father, Mr. Rice and Allen Atheam to confer immediately with Mr. Stewart and find out for what salary he would preach altogether at Lockeford. They went out and saw Mr. S. and having been gone a few minutes came back with the intelligence that we could not have Mr. Stewart all to ourselves, for he had already pledged himself to Lodi and Galt for half the time, but that we could have the other half of his services for $600. Such a depression of feeling as this announcement caused I have never seen in any meeting before. We all felt that we did not want to try for "half a minister" any longer - that it would be impossible to raise $600 for half a minister, for then has been a great deal of measuring lately at Mr. Stewart for being gone so much. So we stayed till 2 P.M. and adjourned without doing anything. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.)

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January 1878

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