Delia Locke


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1879. Feb. 22. Saturday. Mrs. Whitney went to Susie's this afternoon. She seems much the same as she did twenty years ago, when she left this place for her home in the East. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) Feb. 23. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "Leaving us an example that we should follow his steps." This afternoon, some of the folks and Mrs. Whitney with them, attended Quarterly meeting at the Brick Church. Heard from Susie that Mabel Allard is dead, died of diphtheria, and now her mother has only Arthur left. How blessed if these afflictions would only lead her to the true source of comfort. We also learn of a terrible accident that occurred in Stockton yesterday (Washington's birthday) by which fifteen persons were instantly killed and thirty or more wounded. They were down on the levee, rigging a new pump, and had a steam engine for working it, and just as they got the steam up, the engine exploded. The scene that followed, baffles description. The place was strewn with pieces of flesh, brains, blood and limbs of the dead, for quite a distance around. Some of the dead were so mutilated, they could not be recognized, except by clothing. There were some very narrow escapes among them Charlie Hurd, Stockton is literally a mourning city, burying her dead today. Quite a number of the wounded cannot survive. We also learn that John Staples and Alice Burt were married last night at the Alpine school house. Her mother was a sister of Dr. Kerr. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 65.) Feb. 24. Monday. A foggy morning Received letters from all the absent ones. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Feb. 25. Tuesday. The men have been with Mrs. Whitney looking at a piece of ground for a cemetery, but they are not likely to purchase at her price, for it is higher even than was paid in Stockton for the same purpose. Mrs. W. has now gone to Mrs. Tabls (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) 1879. Feb. 26. Wednesday. Have written today to Horace, Luther and Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Feb. 27. Thursday. Warm. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 63.) Feb. 28. Friday. Windy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Mar. 1. Saturday. Cloudy again. The Dist Lodge met here in the church, and the sisters spread a lunch for them in the Hall. Mary Kerr came out with Mr. Cowell to attend it, and called here. Mrs. Stewart and Miss Cora Scott also came from Lodi to attend the eve. session, which was an open meeting, and they remained here over night. Received a letter from Cousin Sarah A. Hammond, enclosing a picture of her mother. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Mar. 2. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy with a little rain in the morning. Mrs. Stewart and Miss Scott left us after breakfast. We have attended meeting as usual. Mrs. Dinsmore preached from the text, "In honor preferring one another." Mrs. Whitney came to dinner and supper. Dr. started tonight for Stockton, as his law suit with Montgomery about the fence comes off tomorrow, and with the present state of roads, it would not be easy for him to get in in time for the court tomorrow. Mrs. Whitney went with him, to attend to some business of her own. Mr. White - the Methodist minister of Lodi - preached for Mr. Dinsmore this eve. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Mar. 3. Monday. Received a letter from Ida today. Dr. J. H. Warren lectured at Lodi this eve for the benefit of the Cong. Church - subject - "Early Days in California". No one attended from this place but Uncle Holden and Mrs. Whitney. They were in Stockton and came out by way of Lodi, in order to attend. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Mar. 4. Tuesday. A cloudy and rainy day. But in the midst of the rain, Howard started for West Point where he is to commence school next Monday at $80. per month. Received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.)

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January 1879

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