Delia Locke


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1879. Nov. 10. Monday. Have been sick all day. Received letters from the children at San Jose. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Nov. 11. Tuesday. A windy and rainy day. I have been sick in bed all day. It is pretty hard for me to get along when I am confined to bed and there is no one to do any thing for me and baby, but Hannah. But I am living in hope of the "good time coming" in about a month when Ida will be at home. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Nov. 12. Wednesday. Still sick in bed and still cloudy and rainy - a dreary prospect. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.) Nov. 13. Thursday. Still cloudy. Have felt a little better, so as to sit up a little. Mother came in, made my bed and combed my hair, and this also revived and encouraged me. Received a letter from Roland's wife. Her babe is two weeks older than mine and they have named her Alberta Josephine Hammond - surely a long name. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Nov. 14. Friday. Forenoon cloudy. I feel very feeble. Manuel Alvarez a Mexican who has lived with Luther in Nev. came here today on his way there with his bride. He has been to Los Angeles and married a young Mexican woman, and they are going together to Grantsville. He can talk both English and Spanish, so we can converse with him, but she does not know a word of English, and I cannot visit with her a bit, and she is very shy and lonely. She is a bouncing girl, but is going away from a large family for the first time, and I fear she will be homesick. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 15. Saturday. I am still feeble in health. Mr. & Mrs. Alvarez have been here all day and tonight Uncle Holden came to see us. I have received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Nov. 16. Sabbath. I have not been able to go to meeting. Dr. took Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez and Uncle Holden to the train today, on their way to their homes. In Lodi he heard the Geo. Mowry and wife are at her old home in Missouri. So not only he, but also she has been guilty of deceit, for she sent word that she was coming to Lodi, and then turned her face to Missouri. On their way home 1879. from church, Geo. and Susie called with Mr. & Mrs. S. Baird, who are visiting there from Oakland. They have brought his sister. Mrs. Blakely - a widow woman to live and work for Susie. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Nov. 17. Monday. Have written to Ada and received letters from the San Jose children. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 18. Tuesday. I have written to Howard and to Hannah G. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Nov. 19. Wednesday. This is the birthday of Willard and Hannah Willard is now fourteen years old, and the heaviest of all the children thus far, though he is not as tall as Howard and Ida were. He now weighs one hundred twenty one and one-half lbs, and is just as tall as I am - five feet, two and one - half inches. He is a good, obedient and active boy - a real comfort to us. He is a whole - souled boy does nothing by halves, but does every thing with such an energy and determination, that every one knows he means it. In school he stands high - is one of the best scholars in the first grade, and a dependence there as well as in S. school, where he is constant, attentive and interested. I rejoice to be able to write these things of him, and hope he may never cease to be a comfort to us. Just now he is very much interested in gunning, and rises long before light in the morning that he may get the milking done, and be off to school ducks and rabbits. Hannah is now twelve years old, weighs eighty two pounds and measures four feet, and nine and one - half inches in height. So she is just as tall as Howard was, but not as tall as Horace and Ida, and she weighs less than either of the others except Mary. In her studies, she is about as far advanced as either of the others were, as she is in the second division of the first grade in most things, but recite with the first division in some studies. She is a good singer, and is quite a dependence in meetings, also is learning to play upon the organ - she and Mary taking lessons

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January 1879

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