Delia Locke


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1878. June 3. Monday. Have been out calling today and to the store. Have been to Mrs. Stone's, to Mrs. Grubs’ and to Mrs. Ambrose's. Have received a letter from Sister Geffroy. They have now established themselves at Delano. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.) June 4. Tuesday. I have been sick today with asthma and fever. The warmer the weather grows, the worse I feel, and the more I long for a cooler climate. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.) June 5. Wednesday. The hottest day. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.) June 6. Thursday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) June 7. Friday. Willie Derby and John - started from our house a while ago to go to Luther's place on horseback, having a third pack animal along with them. Today we were surprised at seeing them return, having "backed out when within two or three days travel of their destination. They crossed the mountains safely, but one of their horses gave out and the desert discouraged them. So they sold the fainting horse for a little sum and turned back. They said they didn't like the looks of Nevada very well. We have had strawberry and ice-cream Festival this eve to raise funds for the Pastor salary. The large girls came after school and picked over the strawberries, which we got from near Sac. and are the must I ever saw. We got Mr. Hughes to make the ice cream. Considering the short evening, they thought they did pretty well in clearing thirty dollars. I was not able to attend. Jennie Inglis spent the night here. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) June 8. Saturday. Received a letter from Clara. They have arrived at their destination. Willits, Mendocino Co. after a tedious journey including fifty miles of stage travel over a rough, mountainous road. The babe is not well, and she is going to wean the little thing, weighing only ten pounds. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) June 9. Sabbath. We have attended S. School as usual. Poor. Mrs. F. Foote has buried her only little one - her darling. Nettic today. It died yesterday of dysentery - a great loss to them. Could not go to the funeral. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) 1878. June 10. Monday. Mrs. M. Le Faber came and dined with us. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 76.) June 11. Tuesday. Wrote to Sister Geffroy. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) June 12. Wednesday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) June 13. Thursday. This morning I went to Lodi for a ride with Dr. hoping it would do me good. Have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) June 14. Friday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) June 15. Saturday. Mrs. Cudner had her musical entertainment "Cantata of Flowers. Crowing of Flower Queen-" this eve in the church. Hannah was one of the little girls to sing, and Ada rendered what assistance she could in decorating the church. etc. Viola Haley was crowned Queen. The receipts were small. They were to be divided between Mrs. Cudner and the Lodge, but all will be given to Mrs. Cudner. She had her piano at the entertainment. Mrs. Warren and Cova took tea with us. They live most of the time at Mokelumne Hill. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) June 16. Sabbath. I went to S. School with the others, but as Geo. was quite sick with bowel complaint, I did not think best to leave him long with the little children, and so hastened home before the sermon. Mr. Stewart preached his farewell sermon today. Yes, Mr. Warren has accomplished that which he desired, and convinced Mr. & Mrs. Stewart that it is their duty to leave us and go to Lodi. If Mrs. Stewart had been at home, I don't think he would have accomplished this, but as we could not talk with her and till her how earnestly we desired them to stay, and how the people have pledged $1000. to their support for the coming year, she has yielded, though she at first did not wish to move Mr. Stewart is a good man, but has a mind weak in some points (as indeed, whose is not?) and Mr. Warren, seeing this, has over persuaded him, not without promising, however, to send us another good minister soon. So be it. The people are much discouraged, for we understood Dr. Warren to say, if we would pledge Mr. S. $1000, we should have him. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 60.)

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January 1878

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