Delia Locke


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1879. July 23. Wednesday. I wrote to Hannah Geffroy. Did not feel able to go to Sewing Circle. The weather is very oppressive. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 85.) July 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.) July 25. Friday. Have written to Luther. Mother, who is tried and worn with the heat, has gone to Patchen, Santa Clara Co. to visit Miss Willey, who lives among the hills, where it is cooler. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) July 26. Saturday. Mr. Stewart and Debbie were here and dined with us. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) July 27. Sabbath. Have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "The Lord God shall wipe away the tears from all eyes." (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) July 28. Monday. Received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 84.) July 29. Tuesday. Mrs. Lander called this afternoon. Received a letter from Josie McStay, in which she mentions the death of Edwin McStay at Visalia. He did not die in one of his fits, as it was supposed he would, but of a fever. His mother was with him. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 86.) July 30. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. S.S. 86.) July 31. Thursday. Mrs. Flanders called this forenoon. Lizzie McClond and Jennie Inglis also this afternoon. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 94.) Aug. 1. Friday. Wrote to Luther. A while ago, Horace found in the granary a nest of young skunks, three in number, and brought them to the house and fed them on milk. They were growing finely and Horace sent two of them by express to Woodward's Gardens and kept the other intending to take out the scent bag, when the animal was old enough, and tame it. But so it was not to be, for our busy little meddler - Georgic - in his peeping round the house, saw the little animal in his box, took it out, calling it "titty", and presently, in his usual mischievous way, when no one was watching, took up a large iron bolt, hit it on the head and killed it. This is the hottest day. (T. S. R.70. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 94.) Aug. 2. Saturday. Not quite so warm as yesterday. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 87.) 1879. Aug. 3. Sabbath. We have attended meeting, followed by communion sewice. Mr. Dinsmore officiated, preached from the text, "But covet earnestly the best gifts; and yet show I unto you a more excellent way." Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Lander were received by letter into the church, from some Methodist church. After meeting, Mr. Dinsmore desired the church to stop and requested of them a vacation on account of his health, to continue until this hot weather is over, as he says he feels too sick for labor. By vote, his request was granted. He is going to the coast, where he has been accustomed to live. We are glad Mr. & Mrs. Lander have concluded to unite with our church, for we think they will be an addition to the working power. They seem to be living, consistent Christians. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) Aug. 4. Monday. Horace and Ida left us for San Jose this morn. The school is to commence tomorrow, but they are not ready for those who are to enter the Senior class, so Howard and Sarah can stay at home until the end of the week. Mrs. Wallace took tea with us to night. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) Aug. 5. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Aug. 6. Wednesday. Letters from Horace and Ida tell of their safe arrival and commencing school. Have written to Rebecca today. Did not feel able to attend the Sewing Circle. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.) Aug. 7. Thursday. There has been a sale of Mr. Nichols' property this P.M. Everything went very low indeed. The furniture, tools, etc. everything except the land, only brought $100. in all. Mrs. Knight called to inquire about a house to live in. They think of moving to Lockeford, as he is engaged to teach the school in Grant District. Have received a letter from Clara today. They are again afflicted in the death of their baby boy - Talford Allen by name. He died on the last day of July, aged six months. This is the second son and third child they have buried. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 86.)

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January 1879

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