Delia Locke


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1879. Aug. 8. Friday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 90.) Aug. 9. Saturday. Howard left us for San Jose, to enter the Senior class in Normal School. Have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) Aug. 10. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Had no preaching, as Mr. Dinsmore is away on vacation. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 88.) Aug. 11. Monday. Received letters from each of the four absent children. Luther writes that Geo. Mowry is on his way to Cal, is probably now in Lodi at his father's. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) Aug. 12. Tuesday. Have written to Horace and Ida today. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 85.) Aug. 13. Wednesday. Eunice is today five years old, weighs thirty seven pounds and measures three feet, four and one half inches in height. So she is the shortest of all the children, and only Mary weighed less than she does. She is always one of the smallest but also one of the smartest of the children. She is now reading in word of two or three letters and can count a hundred - sings many tunes and repeats a verse in the Bible every week in S. school. She is a great help in going of errands as she does them very correctly. She has today printed on the black-board. "Eunice Locke - five years old." Ida wrote her a birthday letter and sent her a present of a little work basket and scissors, as she is now to commence sewing patchwork, as the other girls did. I did not feel able to go to the Sewing Circle, but wrote to Clara. Towards evening, Minnie and Fanny Bust arrived from Amador City, where they now live. They came hoping to see Manice Gove once more, but perhaps they will not be able to see her, for she is so low that they do not admit visitors. They will stop with us. This morn we received a short call from Geo. Mowry, who has arrived from Nevada. He came without his wife. I asked him of she and the children were coming to Cal. by and by, and he said they hadn't decided yet. He wants to close out business in Grantsville, and Dr. wants him to settle up with him. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 86.) 1879. Aug. 14. Thursday. This morning Ada went with Minnie and Fanny Burt to see Mamie Gove, but when they arrived there, they found her lying in death. She passed away very early this morning, consciously and peacefully in her mother's arms. The funeral is set for tomorrow. Her father had thought he would not go to church for the funeral, but for his wife's and children's sake, he has repented of that thought. She was much wasted by sickness. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) Aug. 15. Friday. I have written to Howard and Ida. The children went to Mamie Gove's funeral with the Burt girls. Mr. Stewart officiated, and the father did not be have unseemly, as some feared he would. Mamie was just one week older than Howard, so was twenty years and one month. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 89.) Aug. 16. Saturday. Minnie and Fanny Burt left us for home today. Minnie is soon to commence teaching again in Sutter school, as last year. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 87.) Aug. 17. Sabbath. Earnest Megerle was married today to Rosa Baker a young girl, by Justice Owens at the Lockeford House. It seems sad that a nice young girl like her would undertake such a life with such a man - to bring up the three worse than motherless children - with the prospect of so much other hard work. We have attended S. school as usual - no preaching. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) Aug. 18. Monday. Dr. started for San Francisco, and Ada accompanied him as far as Stockton, to see about getting a school if possible. We received letters from Howard. Horace and Ida as usual. The Dist. school commenced today with the same teachers. Mr. Ambrose and Miss Howe. A petition was sent in to the Trustees requesting them not to employ Miss Howe again, but Mr. Ringer got Mr. Bryant to vote with him against Dr. to employ her, so she comes back. Her teaching is almost profitless. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 73.) Aug. 19. Tuesday. Georgic is today twenty two mos. old - weighs thirty pounds and has sixteen teeth. So he is as forward as any of the children about teething, and still the "champion" in weight. He cannot talk as plainly as Eunice and some

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January 1879

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