Delia Locke


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1878. Howard has always been the largest heretofore, but Georgic weighs one-half pound more than he did. But Ada, Howard, Eddie and Eunice had more teeth, and some of the babies could creep which Georgie cannot, though he gets around some and says "mamma" plainly. He is a very good natured boy and makes but little trouble. I rode out with Dr. today to see the wreck of the shattered steam engine which burst in our field. It is really wonderful, when we see the large prices which plowed into the ground in all directions, that no more men were killed What a warning to all those who were thus spared, to be always ready. We also rode to Mr. Starkey's to see when he is intending to head the wheat. It stands "fully ripe for the harvest," the best wheat field anywhere about, and promises abundant returns for the labor expended. We find he will come next week. The spring was so wet that some of the wheal was drowned out in places, just opposite to last year. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) July 20. Saturday. Mr. Stewart brought a young minister here today to preach for us tomorrow. His name is Holcombe and he has a wife and four children in San Francisco the children all under seven years of age. and the father is in straitened circumstances. He has been preaching near Chicago, and came here for his health. Mr. Extrum - agent for the Wheeler and Wilson Sewing Machine was also here to tea, and the minister all night. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) July 21. Sabbath. Mr. Holcombe was here all day - preached twice in the morning from the text. "This is not your rest." He talks with his nose closed so as to make his voice unpleasant. I think one would have to get accustomed to it, to endure it well. He wishes to start very early in the morning and go back, as his babe is not well - will come again next Sabbath. He is a pleasant appearing man, but ought not to be a public speaker. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) 1878. July 22. Monday. Willard went over to help Uncle George pick up apples, and then he and Wallace thought they would clean out the eider press and make some sweet eider. While they were cleaning the press, Willie got the index finger of his right hand caught in a cog wheel and badly mashed. We hope the bone is not broken but it is probably cracked and is of course very painful. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 68.) July 23. Tuesday. Mr. Stewart called. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 24. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace came to see us quite unexpectedly. She was summoned last week to see Ellen Baird, who was taken very ill with sinking spells and was thought to be near death. She left all her family but Lucia - the baby - and experts to go back again soon. Mrs. Baird recovers very slowly - when she gets strong enough, she is to go to Oakland to Mrs. Wallace's. After dinner, Mrs. Wallace went to Susie's. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 25. Thursday. Wrote to Hannah Geffroy. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 78.) July 26. Friday. I have written to Mrs. McStay. Mr. Holcombe arrived at night, bringing his boy with him, his only son and oldest child. His name is Cyril, and he is a smart boy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) July 27. Saturday. Mr. Holcombe and boy are here. I have written to Mrs. Mowry. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) July 28. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Holcombe preached from the text. "Exceeding great and precious promises." Had a large company to dinner - besides Mr. Holcombe and boy, we had Father, John, Nova Miller and Emma Stone. Mother has gone to Camps Seco on a visit. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 82.) July 29. Monday. We had an eclipse of the sun occurring between one and three o'clock, which was total in some places nearly so here. It was a relief to have the sun clouded through the hottest part of the day. Received a Postal from Dutch Flat - Josie McStay has a boy. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.)

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January 1878

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