Delia Locke


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1879. June 6. Friday. Have written to Luther today. This is the last day of school for this school year. Mrs. Buml and Amelia called this afternoon, and Amelia, who is at home for a vacation from Mill's Seminary, was much disappointed in not seeing Ida here. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) June 7. Saturday. Have received a letter from Ada today. She has closed her school on account of ill health and will go to San Jose awhile and recruit before coming home. The hot weather of Napa does not agree with her. Mother came in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) June 8. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "In my Father's house are many mansions." As he is in poor health, he asked of the church a vacation of two weeks that he may go to the Coast and recruit, which request was granted, and he promised to make up the time at the end of the pastoral year. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) June 9. Monday. Have written to Ada today. Uncle Holden and Willie started today with the Chinamen to drive the sheep to the mountain range. Willie anticipates a good time, "camping out" and seeing new sights, as this is the first time he has been to the mountains. He will have to be absent from the S. school for the first time this year. It seems quiet around home, for six of the children are absent just one half of them. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) June 10. Tuesday. Uncommon weather for this time of the year a rainy morning and a cloudy day. I have written a letter to Hannah G. and a Postal to Horace Mann - directed to YoSemite Valley, and received a letter from Ada and a postal from Ida, mailed at "Big Oak Flat." They were having a pleasant but tiresome trip, toiling up the hills and making long drives daily, in hopes of getting into YoSemite Valley sometime on Sunday, so as to be present at some of the meetings on that day. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) June 11. Wednesday. Wrote a letter to Ada and a Postal to Ida and received a letter from Howard. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) June 12. Thursday. Have written to Howard. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) June 13. Friday. Mrs. Chase a sister of Mr. Heath called this afternoon. She has been poisoned by putting "Insect Powder" upon her body. 1879. Have received a letter from Luther, in which he said that his horse - Pints - had been bitter by a rattlesnake on the fore leg, and was saved by an application of tobacco. Also received a Postal from Aunt Gerould, in which she speaks of the death of Uncle Charles Locke, about the last of May. She also speaks of the very feeble and failing health of Mother Locke. Have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) June 14. Saturday. I have written to Rebecca today and received a postal from Ida, in which she says that they arrived in YoSemite Valley on Sunday night in time to hear the celebrated Joseph Cook lecture, but were so very weary that the lecture didn't do them much good. There is not a large crowd there. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 85.) June 15. Sabbath. Have attended S. school. It seemed lonesome without Willie. No preaching today. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) June 16. Monday. Have received a letter from Ada. She is visiting Lizzie McLellan at San Jose, and feels better. Also a Postal from Ida. They have had rain in Yo. Semite Valley, which has interfered with their sight seeing and sketching, and made "camping out" rather disagreeable. The convention is rather a failure, as most of the tourists seem to be more interested in riding and climbing than in attending meeting and they will not raise much money for the new chapel, which proves to be of wood instead of stone, as was intended. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) June 17. Tuesday. As Ada has written much of late about her ill health, and as she has closed her school in Napa on account of it, we have felt quite anxious about it, so Dr. has gone to San Jose on purpose to see her, and find out what she needs. She is at present visiting at Lizzie McLellan's. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) June 18. Wednesday. Received a letter from Howard. Uncle Holden and Willie arrived home from the Mountain Ranch. Willie visited Howard's school at West Point Mother called this afternoon, also Mrs. Inglis. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) June 19. Thursday. Have written to Howard. Georgic is now twenty mos. old, has fourteen teeth and weighs twenty nine pounds, so he has not gained in weight or teeth the

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January 1879

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