I love this type of stuff and am a great reader of diaries and autobiographies. From the Holt-Atherton Special Collections website: Delia (Hammond) Locke was the matriarch of the family. Born in 1832, she married Dr. Dean Jewitt Locke and moved to California in 1855. That same year Delia began keeping a daily diary, a practice she continued for the next 67 years until her death in 1922. Her diaries from 1855 to 1879 have been digitized to create this online collection.
The diaries provide a remarkable documentation of life in rural northern California in the 19th century. The daily happenings of Delia’s life and the Lockeford community are recorded, including the activities of church and temperance organizations as well as the Mokelumne River Ladies’ Sewing Circle. Nearly every entry begins with temperature recordings taken at sunrise (written as “T.S.R”), 2 PM, and Sunset (written as “S.S.”).