Delia Locke


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1878. talks very much, and asks many questions. She is very fond of baby Georgie, and thinks nothing too good for him. We have boxes of sliced animals and birds, and she can make them all correctly without help, and spends an hour at a time alone, busy in that way. Mrs. Tabor came on the stage today and will stop over night. She is moving from Dutch Flat to Oakland, where she expects to locate, and go in with a Mr. Paul in giving Pine and Hemlock baths - a new kind. Mrs. McStay has given up keeping the boarding house there, and returned home. Josie, with her two weeks old babe, has also gone home, quite restored in health. (T.S.R. 75. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 87.) Aug. 14. Wednesday. A little cloudy. I rode to Susie's with, Mrs. Tabor this morn. She is recovering slowly. Afterwards Dr. took Mrs. Tabor to the Station and she departed for Oakland. Not long after, Eunice, who runs barefooted ran through a pile of ashes in the back yard, supposing it was cold, but she found to her sorrow, that there were live coals there, which burnt her left fool very badly. The bottom, owing to the tough skin, did not blister, but the sides and toes were badly blistered, and she has screened with pain most of the time since, except that she gets exhausted, and falls asleep for a few minutes at a time. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) Aug. 15. Thursday. Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Aug. 16. Friday. Have written to Luther and received a letter from Uncle Holden, saying that he thinks he will come and visit us next month. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Aug. 17. Saturday. Received a letter from Howard. He says that Horace who has been the only boy in a class of thirty or more girls has now a companion, who will not be likely to be much of a companion, for he is a Spaniard. Horace is not so much trouble with his position as some boys would be. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Aug. 18. Sabbath. We have attended S. School as usual. No minister as yet. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Aug. 19. Monday. Mrs. Le Faber called today. Received a letter from Rev. Fred. Wales in answer to my invitation to visit us, stating 1879. that as the people of Rocklin had invited him to remain with them another year, he should not leave that town at present. Georgie is now ten months old, weighs twenty and three-fourths pounds and has but three teeth as yet. So he is the fourth in size, Luther, Howard and Eddie being larger. And he is more forward in teething than Mary, Willard, Hannah and Johnnie. He is getting more teeth, and is not well, or he would have been creeping before this. He gets over the floor some, as it is. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) Aug. 20. Tuesday. Minnie Burt came to visit us. Received a letter from Ida. All are well in San Jose. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) Aug. 21. Wednesday. A little cloudy. Ada and Minnie have gone with Dr. to Stockton, to hear Rev. H. W. Brecher lecture there tonight. His lectures in Cal. have been advertized for some time, and I have pleased myself with the idea that I might hear him, but now the time has come when he is the nearest to us, I cannot go, for two sick children claim my care and attention. Baby is quite sick with his teeth, and Eunice's foot is so sore and painful from the burn that she is more trouble than the baby. She cannot step on it at all, and so has to be carried about, and she does not sleep well with it at night. It seems to be as painful at times as when it was first burned, as it does not heal well. I have written to Ida today and received letters from Luther and Hannah Geffroy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) Aug. 22. Thursday. I have written to Luther and received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Aug. 23. Friday. Mr. Stewart called today. He has received a letter from Dr. Warren recommending a minister to us by the name of Mr. Dinsmore. He wishes me to write to Dr. Moor of the Theological Seminary about him. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) Aug. 24. Saturday. I have been sick with headache today. Susie called (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.) Aug. 25. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual, after which a meeting of the church was held, and letters of dismission

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January 1878

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