Delia Locke


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1879. Nov. 30. Sabbath. A rainy day. I have not been able to attend meeting. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Dec. 1. Monday. Geo. B. Taylor is still here. I have received letters from Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Dec. 2. Tuesday. A foggy morning, a cloudy day, and a very rainy evening. Have written to Ida and received a letter from Howard. Mrs. Le Faber called. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.) Dec. 3. Wednesday. Wrote to Howard and Horace and rec’d letter from Ida. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 4. Thursday. Still cloudy. Have written to Ada. Mrs. Tabor came today. I wrote to her some time ago to ask if she would come and relieve me of asthma and these severe pains in my limbs, and now she has come to stay just one week, as her patients in Oakland cannot spare her any longer. But I think she can do me much good in week's time. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 5. Friday. A rainy day, and a day for Postals. I have received three - one each from Howard, Ida and Ada. Ada is now in Visalia attending the Teacher's Institute. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 6. Saturday. I have written to Luther and received a letter from Ada. She is still in Viscalia, enjoying the Institute. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 7. Sabbath. A cloudy day, with rain and wind almost like a hurricane in the evening, which blew down one of the large trees by the gate of the corral, and also the large locust tree which I so much prized by our well. Papa thinks we had better not set it up again, as the roots run into the well, and he fears will make the water bad. I am sorry to part with it, for it was a thing of beauty and comfort. I have not been able to attend meeting. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 8. Monday. Have received letters from all the children at San Jose. Our baby is now three months old, and still has no name. She weighs thirteen and one - half pounds, so she is larger than Mary, Willard and Eunice were, but I think smaller than the others. She sucks two fingers of her right hand the middle finger and the one next to it, and is a quiet babe. I am so weak and sick, I fear I must wean her. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) 1879. Dec. 9. Tuesday. A windy day. Have written to Ada. Mrs. Tabor tells me that Mrs. Burr and Mrs. Mann are both dead. Mrs. Mann was very sick when I came from Oakland. She got better, but not well enough to control herself well, and one night in trying to comedown stairs, she fell from top to bottom, striking her head against something and producing concussion of the brain, from which she died in a short time. May. Mann has taken his boys and gone East. Mrs. Burr was mussing a sick woman, and in lifting her she ruptured some internal organ, which soon produced death. Mrs. Willard had previously obtained a divorce from her husband, so she is very lonely. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Dec. 10. Wednesday. A cloudy and rainy day. Wrote to the children at San Jose, and received a letter from Ada. I have been having the asthma for a week or more and although receiving daily treatment from Mr. Tabor, it has seemed very obstinate, and tonight has culminated in a severe spell, almost congestion. Mrs. Tabor worked over me with hot water and electricity for two or three hours, and finally reduced the congestion, so that I rested quite comfortably through the night. I feel Mrs. Tabor's visit the visit of an angel of merry to me. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Dec. 11. Thursday. A cloudy day. Mrs. Tabor's time was up and she was obliged to go to Oakland today and went. But she gave me more treatment this morning and I am better. Sarah Carroll has gone with Mrs. Tabor to Oakland, to receive treatment from her. She has dropsy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 12. Friday. A foggy morn. I have written to Luther. We have not heard from him for a long time. But feed for stock has almost entirely given out where he is, and he is off hunting a new range. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Dec. 13. Saturday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 14. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend church and S. school. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.)

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January 1879

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