Delia Locke


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1878. when the physician arrived, Mr. Steele was in a dying condition, and passed away at five A. M. So his death was very sudden and unexpected, and he gave no directions about anything. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) Sept. 23. Monday. I have written to any of Mr. Steele's relatives who may be in his native town, about his death. Received a letter from Horace. Uncle Holden arrived here tonight. He has come to visit us, but is not prepared to take up his residence with us at present, as he has a sheep range to dispose of, up in Mariposa Co. and other unsettled business. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 78.) Sept. 24. Tuesday. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) Sept. 25. Wednesday. A Congregational church is to be formally gathered today. None of our folks will be present at Galt. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Sept. 26. Thursday. I have written to Luther, and received a letter from Mr. Wallace in answer to my inquiries as to when the first S. school was organized here. I supposed he was one of the organizers, but he says it was already in operation when he arrived here having been formed in 1854. The first person who mentioned it was the school teacher. Mr. Wheelock. He spoke to Mrs. Holman about it, and she was delighted with the idea. Notice was therefore given out that on the following Sabbath a S. school would be organized at the schoolhouse, and all parents and children were invited to be present and assist at the same. Just who were present at the time Mr. Wallace does not know, but Mr. Wheelock, Mrs. Holman and her children were the principal ones interested, and to them belongs the honor of starting an organization which has prospered uninterruptedly up to the present time - first as a Union school and latterly as Cong. with a very small branch (and the books and library case) removed to the Methodist church. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) Sept. 27. Friday. Very warm weather. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 67.) Sept. 28. Saturday. My parents dined with us today. Mr. Stewart 1878. came and introduced Mr. Dinsmore to us. He will stop with us tonight and preach tomorrow. He is a young man and wears spectacles. The weather is cloudy with just a sprinkling of rain. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.) Sept. 29. Sabbath. Weather cloudy. We have attended meeting. Mr. Dinsmore preached for the first time text. "Except a man be born again," etc. He is a good speaker, prepossessing in appearance, and speaks with out notes. Also preached again this evening. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Sept. 30. Monday. Still a little cloudy. Received letters from Howard, Horace and Ida - all well. Mr. Dinsmore is here. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Oct. 1. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Oct. 2. Wednesday. Uncle Holden started for his sheep ranch in Mariposa Co. He is going to try and dispose of his property there, so as to come and live with us. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 72.) Oct. 3. Thursday. I have written to Howard and Luther today. Miss Marshall and Mrs. Hatch called. Mrs. H. brings specimens of penmanship and wishes to get up a writing class. He specimens are truly very beautiful, but as our children are now busy at school, we do not wish to have them take writing lessons at present, especially as Mrs. Hatch wishes to have a school every evening in the week except Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Buml and Mrs. Cohn also called. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) Oct. 4. Friday. Wrote to Sister Geffroy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Oct. 5. Saturday. Very oppressive. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) Oct. 6. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "We are laborers together with God." We were requested to hold a church meeting after service, to see if we wished to employ him to preach for us this year. He is in haste, because he is going immediately to San Francisco to attend the Annual Association, and there are four or five other churches who may desire his services, in case

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January 1878

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