Delia Locke


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1879. very likely that the people will agree to give it. Horace sends me a Postal with his standing for the first month - 86 + per cent - which is very good. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 60.) Feb. 12. Wednesday. A rainy day. This is a good rain, though it comes so late, and it will make the crops in this part of the state good. The river is rising rapidly, and the water is running through the sloughs. I have written to Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 60.) Feb. 13. Thursday. Still cloudy and showery. Now we have the flood nearly all over our fields, backing up from the bottoms below, which are almost deluged, and the chinamen have lost about sixty acres of early potatoes, which would have brought a good price. The boys and men are having fine sport, killing the rabbits which have collected on the little islands. How our big boys would enjoy it, if they were at home. I have written to Luther about it. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 60.) Feb. 14. Friday. Have been to Mrs. Stone's (who lives over on the hill) to see about sewing. Lizzie McCloud has been here visiting. She has been very feeble in hearth but is better. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Feb. 15. Saturday. Still cloudy and rainy. Some are crying "enough", but I do not apprehend we shall have too much. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Feb. 16. Sabbath. A rainy morn. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 52.) Feb. 17. Monday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Have received letter from all the absent children. Horace, who was in a class lower than Ida for the first month has been promoted to the same class with her, and will now be better contented. Have written to him. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 59.) Feb. 18. Tuesday. Have been sick in bed all day with headache. Read a letter sent to Mother from Clara, in which 1879. was the news of the birth of another son to herself. He was born when her little Edith was just one year and twenty two days old. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Feb. 19. Wednesday. A foggy morning. Dr. and I took Georgie and went to Stockton to get his photographs taken. We found the road very muddy so that we did not arrive there till 3 P.M. We then went to a restaurant and got some hot oysters. After this we went to Batchelder’s Gallery, close by, and got Georgie's pictures. I then went to Stockwell's store to wait while Dr. went round trading. He was gone till sunset, and I had a tedious time of it, for Georgie was so interested in street sights, that he would not be contented to stay in the store. So I walked with him on the street, up and down before the store, till I was very tried, but he did not seem tried at all. When Papa came, we went to the Central House for the night. Georgie is today sixteen months old, has twelve teeth, and weighs twenty eight and one-half pounds. He is as forward as any about teething and I think none were larger than he is. He begins to say some words. He has said "mamma" for eight mos, and now says "papa", Eddie," "titty" and "get up" when he sees a horse. He is as full of mischief as he can be, and when discovered, will run and hide behind the bed. He also kisses us sweetly. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Feb. 20. Thursday. Another foggy morning. While Dr. was trading I wrote to Luther, Horace and Ida in my room at the Hotel. At dinner time, met Mr. & Mrs. B. Bryant there. She is not well and comes for medical advice. We did not start for home till late in the P.M. and did not arrive till eight and one half o'clock We tried to find a better road than we went in on, and so came home by the Cherokee Lane. It was not so muddy, but we had to go through a great deal of water, and it grew very dash indeed, which made it worse. But through all the tedious ride, Georgie kept awake, even after it was so dark we could not see the horses, and would talk to the horses and Papa. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 63.) Feb. 21. Friday. Mrs. Whitney came to make it her home here for a few days. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.)

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January 1879

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