Delia Locke


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1878. to which we stopped. I went into the Bible class. The lesson was about the Communion service and an interesting one. The S. school was well attended and showed a good interest. Was introduced to Mrs. Wiley of San Andreas, who is at San Jose that her children may attend the Normal School a son and a daughter. She is the one, more than any other perhaps, who is in the habit of entertaining Cong, ministers in San Andreas. This Cong. ch. building in San Jose is a small and cheap building, seated with chairs, and I think not larger than our Lockeford church. Lilla Gove called this P.M. She is in the Senior class. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Dec. 2. Monday. This morning, at school time, walked to the Normal School building with the children, said goodbye, came back and packed up for Oakland again, having written a Postal to Ada. We took the P.M. train and arrived at Mrs. Tabor's in good season, but very weary, as so many changes are required in going there. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Dec. 3. Tuesday. Received a Postal from home and wrote a letter to Ada and a Postal to Ida. I have taken a bad cold and am sick with asthma and high fever. This trip has been too much for me, but Mrs. Tabor is using her battery freely, and I hope soon to be well again. I cannot go home in this state of health, that's sure. Eunice is quite impatient to go. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Dec. 4. Wednesday. Wrote Postal to Johnnie and received a Postal from home. Was very sick at night with asthma and fever, and was glad to have an opportunity to see how quickly Mrs. Tabor's made of treatment would relieve a severe attack of my trouble. I was never attacked much more severely, but her battery and hot water cloths soon gave me relief, so that I did not have to keep my bed through the day, though very weak. Now I shall have to stay several days longer to recruit. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) 1878. Dec. 5. Thursday. I am better today. Received a Postal from home and a bundle which has lain in the Post Office here for about six weeks. The clerks are not very accommodating. After applying to them many times and getting no satisfaction, Mrs. Tabor went to the head Postmaster - Benton - who ordered a hunt and it was found immediately. They were woollen clothes for Eunice, but they come too late to do much good. Wrote a letter home and received a letter from Rebecca saying that Edna is sick. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Dec. 6. Friday. A rainy morning. Rain is much needed now. Have written to Dr. and Luther. Mrs. Benton called. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Dec. 7. Saturday. I have written three Postals - one home - one to Rebecca and one to Mrs. Wallace, and received a Postal from home. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Dec. 8. Sabbath. Have not attended church today, fearing that I might take cold, as the church is cold and damp. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Dec. 9. Monday. The forenoon was rainy. Wrote postal home and received five letters - two from Ada, one from Mother, one from Ida and another from Howard. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 48.) Dec. 10. Tuesday. Wrote letter to Ada and Postal to Uncle Holden and again received five letters - one from John, one from Horace, one from Eddie, one from Ada and another from Rebecca. The people here say I get more than my share of letters. Mr. Truit - the invalid - left us for Los Angeles today. He seems to be slowly improving but is too restless to remain long in one place. We fear he is not long for this world, on account of his changing so often. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50.) Dec. 11. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace visited me today leaving Lucia at home, as she has the whooping cough. Freddie came with her, and Eunice enjoyed his visit much. I have written to Ada, Ida and Horace and received a letter from Dr. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 46.) Dec. 12. Thursday. Received registered letter containing money to go home with, but have decided to wait until Monday, so

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January 1878

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