Delia Locke


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1879. of the others could, but he is strong and active. He and Eunice will drive the horse in the horse power round and round, by the hour, he calling "get up Jenny", for a long time. I have written to Howard and Ida. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Aug. 20. Wednesday. I have today written to Horace. A sad accident has happened to our dear Ada, which will be likely to affect her for life. Having been to Stockton and to Lathrop to see about getting a school to teach, she was returning in a buggy and when at Mr. Thurston's stopped to get a pattern of ours which we had out them. She drove up to the hitching post, stopped the horse, and jumped out. As she did so, she came to the ground helplessly and did not know what was the matter until she found she could not rise. The family saw her on the ground, and some of them can out, picked her up and carried her into the house. A kind Providence had so reduced it, that her father, just returning from San Francisco was just behind her in another buggy. In a few minutes he came along and they stopped him and called him in. He made an examination of her ankle and found it dislocated also, as he thinks, the bones cracked. Mr. Thurston had already put the bone in place, but if it was not held there, it would come right out again. Mr. Thurston kindly sent her home in his family carriage, accompanied by Susie Scott and her brother. And we have laid her on the bed in the "keeping room," and Papa has bandaged her limb and put it in splints and a box, to keep it right. And there she must lie for the present. No more school teaching for her just now, though she has the offer of two school. Who would have thought that she could have broken her leg by just jumping out of the buggy? Friends have come in to condole and we have engaged Mrs. Minard Wallace to come and be with her which she is so helpless, and assist one with the work, and waiting upon her. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Aug. 21. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) 1879. Aug. 22. Friday. A cloudy morning. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 78.) Aug. 23. Saturday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) Aug. 24. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual and voted to adjourn it for two weeks on account of the camp meeting at the Methodist church, to commence next Thursday. Mrs. Stacey has babe - girl. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Aug. 25. Monday. Reid letter from Howard. Horace and Ida today Ada's ankle is doing as well as could be expected. She suffers little or no pain from it, but it looks as if fear fully bruised, nearly to the knee. And all from jumping from a buggy. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 77.) Aug. 26. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 76.) Aug. 27. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 72.) Aug. 28. Thursday. Wrote to Howard, Horace and Ida. There has been a meeting of the church, at which I was not able to be present, and they voted to send word to Mr. Dinsmore that his services as Pastor here, would not longer be required, so that he is at liberty to prolong his vacation as long as he wishes. He does not seem to be very acceptable to the people here. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.) Aug. 29. Friday. Wrote to Luther and also received a letter from him. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 80.) Aug. 30. Saturday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 85.) Aug. 31. Sabbath. No meeting or S. school today, on account of the camp meeting, and it has seemed so very strange and quiet not to hear the church bell. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) Sept. 1. Monday. Have received letters today from Howard, Horace Ida and Hannah Geffroy. We have to cook for the shearers, who have commenced their work. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) Sept. 2. Tuesday. Have written to Howard and Ida. Mrs. Wallace of Brooklyn and her sister - Mrs. Bigclow - lately on a visit from the East - called this evening. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 85.) Sept. 3. Wednesday. Have written to Horace. This is the day of the annual State election. The Republicans are ahead here, but it is expected the New Cons-party will rule. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.)

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January 1879

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