Delia Locke


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1878. the night. Wrote letters to Ada and Hannah and received a letter from Ada. Mrs. Tabor had two friends come to see her from the town in Wisconsin. Where she used to live. Messes. Truit and Strickland. Mr. Truit is a consumptive seeking health. has spent three winters in Florida with little benefit. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.) Nov. 27. Wednesday. We started very early this morn. Dr. Eunice and I, and took the local train and boat to San Francisco. We then hurried to the Alviso boat thinking we might be late, but we had to wait a half hour before starting for San Jose. Dr. here bade us goodbye, and will go home this P. M. while we proceeded on our way to spend Thanksgiving with Horace and Ida at San Jose. Arrived at Alviso we took stage for San Jose and were landed at 2 P.M. in front of the New York Exchange. Here we had to wait awhile for the street car, into which we got and went to 531 First St. which proved to be a small one-story house. As it was time for school to be out, I expected to see the children at once, but the lady who opened the door said they had not yet come. But we did not have to wait long, though Sarah was the first one who made her appearance, then Ida, then Horace. They had thought I was coming by cars, so were surprised to see me. Sarah does not board here, but not far off. Ida looks very fleshy. Horace well. Howard has gone to Stockton to attend the Co. Teacher's Examination and will probably eat Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of the family at Father's I supposed the children took dinner as soon as they came from school but found that we should have to wait until six, and was sorry we had not taken dinner on the boat. Wrote a Postal and received one. The children are situated very comfortably here, have each of them a small store in their rooms, which are needed, for the weather is very cold. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.) Nov. 28. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. At eleven o'clock we attended service at the Presbyterian Church, which was a Union services 1878. the pastors of the different services assisting. The Cong pastor. Mr. Willett - preached the sermon, which seemed more like a Fourth of July Oration than a sermon, and had allusions in it out of taste for a Union service. Saw Lilla Gove at church. Came home and dined, there went in a street care way out to 16th St. to call on Lizzie Read Happily we found her at home and had a pleasant call. She lives with the McLellan family in one of those houses which were built in 49 or 50 from lumber shipped from the East for the purpose. The house itself, with the ancient trees standing by it (sycamore) take one back so forcibly in memory to old times, so that we would almost think we were in New England again. I enjoyed it all very much. Saw the residence of Prof. Norton of the Normal School, near there. Have written and received a Postal from home. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.) Nov. 29. Friday. Weather cold and frosty. Wrote and received a Postal from Ada. Received a letter from Howard saying that the examination for teachers had been closed because fraud had been discovered. Some of the questions were publicly printed before being Submitted to applicants, and the State Board have ordered the whole thing thrown out and the examination postponed to the 11th of Dec. So Howard has lost time and money, but thinks it will be better for him in the end, as it will give him further time to prepare. Wrote to Luther today. Went out with Ida and Horace, and they had tin-types taken, also we have purchased a new hat for Ida, which took time and trouble, and made us very weary. Sarah Locke and Edna Ross have spent the evening with us. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.) Nov. 30. Saturday. We have passed the day quietly at Mrs. Tomlinson's today. Lizzie Read called - thinks she shall spend Christmas vacation at Lockeford. Howard came tonight spent Thanksgiving at Grandpa's with the rest of the family - is quite tired. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 48.) Dec. 1. Sabbath. We have attended the Cong. Church this morning and head Mr. Willett preach from the text, "Search the Scriptures." After the sermon came the S. School as usual

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January 1878

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