Delia Locke


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1879. Oct. 6. Monday. The weather is the same as it was twenty. four years ago - cloudy and rainy. Then it was the first rain I had seen in Cal. and I welcomed it. Nor do I welcome it less today. It seems so pleasant to me when the rainy season begins, and the hot and dry season is over. Have rec’d letters from Howard, Horace and Aunt Gerould. The latter wrote to congratulate us on the birth of the thirteenth. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Oct. 7. Tuesday. A rainy morning and a cloudy day. Mr. & Mrs. Taylor left us to attend the meeting of the Grand Lodge in Stockton, and Dr. went with them. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Oct. 8. Wednesday. Baby is now one month old and weighs ten lbs. She is bright and knowing and smiles prettily. Every one who sees her says, "what a dark and thick head of hair." I have received a letter from Ida and written to Howard and Horace. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Oct. 9. Thursday. Mrs. Starkey called. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 10. Friday. Mrs. Stewart and Mrs. Rixon came and dined with us. Mrs. Stewart is getting names for an album quilt to be made for the benefit of the Lodi church. The squares are made of blue and white and the names are to be written by Mr. Pritchard - the Lodi school teacher on the while of the squares. Each square has room for sixteen names and each name has ten cents paid for it, and sixty four squares make the quilt. Dr. gave her ten cents for each of our fifteen names. I have written to Ida. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 11. Saturday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. I have written to Luther and Ada. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Oct. 12. Sabbath. Weather showery. If it had been fine, I might have attended church as I had intended. As it was I could not go. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.) Oct. 13. Monday. Received letters from all the five absent children and good news - all are well. Ada writes that she has but six scholars at present. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) 1879. Oct. 14. Tuesday. This morning I went over to see Mrs. Owens who lives in the parsonage. She has a baby boy two weeks younger than my babe, and is suffering with very sore nipples - thinks she shall have to wean baby. Dr. and I then rode to the graveyard at brick church to see the new grave stones which have been set at Mr. Nichol's grave. They are made of streaked marble - very handsome. We also called on Rev. and Mrs. Smith in the Meth. parsonage, who have lately moved from Mokelumne Hill. They have five children. the youngest a fine boy of three months. Mrs. McClond called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Oct. 15. Wednesday. Wrote to Howard and Horace. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Oct. 16. Thursday. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Oct. 17. Friday. I have written to Ada and Luther and received letters from Luther and Clara. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Oct. 18. Saturday. Mr. Stewart called with a young man by the name of Pascoe, a graduate just from the Theological Seminary, who wishes to preach for us tomorrow. He is an Englishman. Mrs. Lowry also called. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) Oct. 19. Sabbath. Have attended meeting and S. school today for the first time since my sickness. Mr. Pascoe preached from the text, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God," &, c He is a pretty good speaker and earnest. Georgic is today two years old, weighs thirty pounds is two feet and ten inches in height, and has but sixteen teeth as yet. So the oldest and youngest boys are of the same size, for Luther was just as tall and heavy, and they are the largest of all the children. Also, one was about as forward as the other in talking and everything else, for both were fond of horses and riding, and both very fond of all out door plays. Neither could talk in sentences, but Georgic sings more than Luther did. He loves the baby and sings," Baby mine." Also is very fond of looking at pictures, but still very mischievous. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 73.)

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January 1879


Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

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