Delia Locke


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1879. past month, and has not as many teeth as some of them had, but is the champion in weight. He is not as forward in talking as many of them were but says "Hannah, Eddie and Ida "plainly, also "get up horse," and has a funny way of calling pins "minnies." He is a very "boyish" boy. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) June 20. Friday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 86.) June 21. Saturday. The Yo Semite party arrived home today. much wearied and worn, hardly knowing for the time, whether they are glad or sorry they went. Uncle Geo. was the leader, and as he could stand long drives and short sleep, he forgot that the others could not. They all look nearly sick. Horace has lost five pounds in weight, but is sure he is not sorry he went. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.) June 22. Sabbath. Fred. Wales, who returned with the party from Yo Semite, preached for us today, though he was very weary, like the others, and had had small chance for preparation. But as Mr. Dinsmore is absent, he took his place, and preached quite acceptably from the first Psalm as a text. He is stopping here with us mostly, being sometimes at Geo.'s. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.) June 23. Monday. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) June 24. Tuesday. Have written to Ada. Papa found her improving in health, now that she is taking a vacation. Horace and Ida went into Stockton with him to try the county examination for teachers, just to see how they could stand. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) June 25. Wednesday. Edna Ross, who has been visiting Sarah thus far, left for San Jose, her home. She has been some what troubled with asthma, and hopes the Yo Semite trip did her good. Received a letter from Howard, in which he says he shall finish his school and be as far on his way home as San Andreas on the 1st of July. He feels quite jubilant over completing his first term of school, and he has reason to be for he has succeeded well, and the people would like to have him teach 1879. again, if he were not now going back to the Normal. At last, and when we had entirely given them up, we receive those pictures which Ramsdell commenced about six months ago, of the five eldest children, and they are as good as we could expect. Luther's, especially, is a very good likeness, but Ada's is very poor, and the others just passable. Have attended the Sewing Circle at the church, after which I went to Mrs. Grubs and tried on the lawn dress she is making for me. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) June 26. Thursday. Have written to Howard today. Ida has come home from trying the Co. examination of teachers saying that they would not enter her as a candidate for certificate, because she is under eighteen years of age. She stood very (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) high on the first day's papers. June 27. Friday. Have written to Luther, but have felt sick all day. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) June 28. Saturday. Horace has come from the Co. examination. He did not receive a certificate for he has not yet been trained in methods of teaching, but of the more than 500 credits which are required to get a second grade certificate, he only lacked 26 of the required number. So we think he stood pretty well. A school meeting has been held this afternoon, and Geo. Ringer has again been elected to the office of school trustee, to serve for three years. This is a disgrace to our civilization - done by the seem interest. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) June 29. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "The Lord God is a sun and a shield," etc. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) June 30. Monday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) July 1. Tuesday. Howard came home, looking not a bit worse for his hard four months of teaching in the mountains, and better, I trust, for the experience he has had. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 76.) July 2. Wednesday. The headers & thushers came together to work for us, and together they make a family of over fifty. Another Chinaman helps the cook, and I have left them for a

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January 1879

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