Delia Locke


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1878. July 30. Tuesday. Have received a letter from Uncle Holden in answer to mine. He is near Snelling's, and think he may visit us in Sept. Howard, who has been to the Blue Mountain Ranch, returned today and brought with him a fawn, not more than two or three weeks old. It is very pretty - spotted on its sides - and gentle. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) July 31. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Aug. 1. Thursday. Mrs. John Kerr visited us today, also Lizzie McCloud. Received letter from Hannah Geffroy. She had received the flower seeds I sent her, which she intends to plant in boxes by the door, so as to be able to see something green, for everything is dry and barren there now. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) Aug. 2. Friday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 78.) Aug. 3. Saturday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Aug. 4. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual, and afterward held a church meeting to talk over the matter of minister. We had written to Mr. Tannery of Oakland and received answer that he would supply our pulpit for ten dollars a Sabbath. Some were in favor of employing Mr. Holcombe, but his unpleasant delivery deterred us from employing him, though it would seem to be a matter of charity to do so. And Mr. Tenney's proposition was not accepted, so we remain with little prospect of a minister for the present. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.) Aug. 5. Monday. This morning, Howard, Horace and Ida started for San Jose, to attend Normal School, also Sarah. How lonely it will seem without them. Received letter from Luther saying he had paid the first note due to Mr. Helfield. After we had got nicely in bed for the night, we were disturber by a summons from Susie. Dr. and I hurried over there, but before we got into the house, we heard the small babe crying - a little boy - born on Sarah's birthday - her eighteenth. Had she know how it was to be, she would have remained at home a few days. We stayed all night. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) 1878. Aug. 6. Tuesday. The children brought baby over to me, and I stayed with Susie all day, as she had no nurse. Just at night. Luca Smith came to stay with her, and I came home. She and babe are comfortable. Received a Postal from Howard, saying that they all arrived in San Jose safely. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Aug. 7. Wednesday. Mrs. Norton dined here. Have written today to Uncle Holden and Sister Geffroy. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Aug. 8. Thursday. Have written today to Luther and Howard. Father and Mother came to dinner, after which we went to Susie's, to see about her health. She seems to be doing well. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Aug. 9. Friday. Wrote to Mr. Stewart about our destitution of a minister, and to Rev. Fred. Wales to require if he is about to leave Rocklin, and if he will visit and preach for us. Reid a letter from Ida. She and Horace are to be together in Junior C. They are rather lonesome. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) Aug. 10. Saturday. Wrote Postal to Josie McStay and a letter to Luther. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) Aug. 11. Sabbath. Have attended S. school. It hold its own very well, though we have no Pastor. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 88.) Aug. 12. Monday. This is the warmest day we have had thus for this summer. School commenced again with the same teachers. Mr. Ambrose and Miss Howe. Mr. Ambrose is living in the Ed. Smith house. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 89.) Aug. 13. Tuesday. This is Eunice's birthday. She is now four years old, weighs thirty six pounds and measures three feet and one and one-half inches in height she therefore weighs more than Ida did and is taller than Ida, Mary and Hannah. She is very active and bright, knows her letter, counts twenty with an occasional mistake, repeats Bible verses in the S. school and sings nicely. She is rather timid but will go to the Store alone of errands. She is a very pretty child, and one who is easily managed.

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January 1878

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