Delia Locke


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1879. Mr. Dinsmore had no evening service here that all who wished might attend the service at Lodi. So we sent a wagon load, and it seems Ada had invited Fred. Megerle to ride down in our wagon, contrary to her father's express command, for he had said that he must never be invited to ride in our wagon again, because Ada has been too intimate with him of late, to her own disgrace and hindrance. Uncle Holden started to drive the wagon and they stopped at the Hotel for Mrs. Rogers, who wished to ride down with them. Here Fred. appeared on the scene, and Uncle says Ada motioned to Fred. to jump in, which he did. Where upon, Uncle immediately jumped out and came home, leaving Fred. in possession of the [?]. Uncle said he would not ride in the wagon with him, but I begin to think it was an arranged plan between Uncle and Ada, though he talks very differently to me. Can it be that he is playing double in this matter? Upon learning the situation, Dr. immediately harnessed a horse and buggy, and he and Howard pursued on after them, over took them near Simpson's, rode in front of the wagon, told Fred. to stop and Dr. told Howard to get into the wagon and drive, which he did and Fred. got out. Seeing this, Ada jumped out of the back of the wagon and went off with Fred. (O foolish girl !) and we heard nothing more of her till past midnight, when she came in and went to bed. The others proceeded to the meeting, and report a full attendance. As for me, I spent the most of the night weeping and praying for our poor infatuated girl. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Feb. 3. Monday. Received letters from Luther and Horace today. Ida's came on Saturday. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Feb. 4. Tuesday. A windy day. Wrote to Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Feb. 5. Wednesday. The bell tolled for Mrs. Spooner this morn. She died in Stockton at the Co. Hospital on Mon. or Tues. She has been sick and failing for a long 1879. time, and was taken to the Hospital only last week. So Charlie and Frank are indeed orphans. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 6. Thursday. This forenoon we attended Mrs. Spooner's funeral. Mr. Dinsmore officiated and made some very appropriate remarks, especially was his address to the orphan boys tender and touching. Then we went down and saw her laid by the side of her husband and sons I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Feb. 7. Friday. A cloudy day. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 55.) Feb. 8. Saturday. The weather is cloudy, windy and a little rainy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Feb. 9. Sabbath. A rainy day. We have attended meeting however Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul, " etc. God's word is powerful - 1st. For conversion. 2d. For wisdom 3rd. For rejoicing the heart. 4th. For enlightenment. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Feb. 10. Monday. A cloudy and rainy day. Mrs. Whitney called. I did not find out until today that she is a widow. Her husband died very suddenly last May - fell dead with heart disease in the street. She speaks very highly of him and his kindness to her and the children, and in fact, to every one. She has not yet met Mr. & Mrs. Holman since she came here. The Watsons have moved into their new house near here, on her past of the Ranch. She has given Emma a building lot, and is trying to sell others. Received letters from all the absent children. Luther writes that it is very cold in Nev. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 62.) Feb. 11. Tuesday. A cloudy and very rainy day. Mrs. Whitney dined with us. She came down to try and make a trade for a piece of ground for a cemetery. Dr. has been trying for a long time to get a plat for a cemetery of ten acres, and he has no piece of ground that is suitable. But she asks so much for hers, there is but little prospect of a trade. She wants $1000. for ten acres, and though it is a lovely place, it is not

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January 1879

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