Delia Locke


image preview


1879. of Mrs. Hickox, who comes here once a week to teach them. She is good help about the housework, and now, while I am in feeble health, has the chief care of the house, while the other children are away at school. She can sew some on the machine, irons well, except shirts, but has not learned to crochet. I have kept her from work that would try her eyes, as they are very weak. She still wears her hair in curls in her neck, and it is growing darker. She and Willard have received presents today from Uncle Holden - he of bosom studs and sleeve button and she of cuff pins, and they have written to thank him for the same. I have written to Horace and received a letter from Ada. The new Poland school house was dedicated with a dance, and Tom Baker and Annie Tyer were married. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 20. Thursday. Have written to Ida. Mrs. Stewart called with Aggie. They have her with the other girls now, as Mrs. Dodge - the lady who was her foster mother is dead. Her death occurred under distressing circumstances. She had been low spirited for some time, owing, as some say, to ill health, and her husband, coming home found her hung to the top of the door, and dead - killed by her own hands. We hear of another death, not altogether unexpected - but calm and peaceful, that of Mrs. Greenlaw of Sacraments. This morning she passed away, had hemorrhage of the lungs, commencing ate about two o'clock - was conscious till she died. Susie came in and told me of it tonight. She is going to the funeral, which is to be on Saturday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Nov. 21. Friday. Have written to Mrs. Tabor. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 22. Saturday. Have been sick in bed all day. My side, once so sore, is painful again. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 51.) Nov. 23. Sabbath. Have not been able to go to meeting, or even to sit up much. Mother came in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 24. Monday. I feel thankful that I am somewhat better today Ellen Baird called this afternoon. She is taking care of Susie's house and children - all but Lilla and Frankie, whom Susie took with her, - while Susie is in Sacraments. Received letters from the children at San Jose and Mrs. Tabor. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 25. Tuesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Nov. 26. Wednesday. A windy day. Have written to the children at San Jose. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Nov. 27. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. We were all invited to Father's to dinner, and though hardly able to be out of bed, I decided to go and went, and had a pleasant time. I was glad I could go, for only John and myself of all Father's own children could be present. Susie decided to remain in Sacraments till after today. Some of her children were there and also Geo. and all of our children who are at home, also Mr. Pascoe, but it was a small company compared to what we usually have, and seemed lonesome. A German Winkler by name, who is at present working for us, was quite agreeably surprised by the arrival of his family - wife and two little children - who have just come from the "Fatherland." They are stopping here at present, but will go to house keeping as soon as possible. She does not know a word of English, nor I of German, so we cannot visit at all, and she must have dull times. We have cold weather. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Nov. 28. Friday. A little cloudy. Have been out siding with Dr. on the plains, and have written to Luther. A gentleman and his wife are lecturing in the church to expose spiritualism - said to be very interesting and convincing. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Nov. 29. Saturday. A cloudy and rainy day. Geo. B. Taylor is here again to lecture, but as the church is occupier by the exposers of spiritualism, he will have to wait to lecture on Temperance. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.)

Date Original

January 1879

Dates Covered



Original diary dimensions: 22 x 33 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


Delia Locke, diaries, women, diarist, California, Locke-Hammond Family Papers, Lockeford, CA, Dean Jewett Locke, rural life, rural California, 19th Century, church, temperance organizations, Mokelumne River Ladies' Sewing Circle, temperature recordings, journal