Delia Locke


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1885. We bade them an early goodbye and came home, stopping in Oakland to make some purchases. Have exchanges postals with Hannah. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 28. Wednesday. Mr. Cooke's father came and dined with us. Have received letters from Hannah, Alice, Ida and Horace, and have written to Hannah. Weldon is now sixteen months old, weighs twentyfour pounds, and is beginning to try to stand by things. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 29. Thursday. It is foggy now almost every morning early, then the sun comes out pleasant. Have written to Ida, Hannah and Alice. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 30. Friday. Ada has now been three years married, and has "just a pair" of lovely babies - a boy and a girl - just right. Eddie is today fourteen years old, weighs ninetysix pounds and is five feet, one inch in height. So he is larger than Luther, Calvin and Mary were, but the other six were larger than they. He is a quiet and thoughtful as well as well-disposed boy, and gentlemanly in his bearing. especially to me. He is very fond of reading, but is not progressing fast in his studies. He and Calvin are regular attendants at S. school, and usually hold office in the Lodge. I have written to him and to Horace. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.)

Oct. 31. Saturday. Have exchanged letters with Hannah and rec'd letter from Uncle. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.)

Nov. 1. Sabbath. I went to meeting and communion service today. Four persons - two gentlemen and two ladies - united with the church. The Sunday school occupied its new rooms for the first time. The infant class, numbering over sixty, went into the addition, and the Bible class went into the "kitchen". I went into it, and enjoyed it much. Our lesson was the "death of Elisha". Things look hopeful and encouraging in the church work here, though there are some disaffected ones, like Mrs. Trotter. It did my heart good to see the large S. school. If all these little ones could be counted for Jesus, what a power for good would they exert! O that it might be so. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.)

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1885. Nov. 2. Monday. Had a sprinkling of rain this morning. Have received letters from Hannah and Mr. Pascoe and have written to Uncle and Mrs. Wallace. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 3. Tuesday. Mr. Pascoe came and made a shot call. Mr. Cooke also came and dined with us. Have received letters from Ida, Hannah, Horace and Alice. Have written to Hannah. We are having a raining night. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.)

Nov. 4. Wednesday. A rainy forenoon. Have received letters from Hannah and Lou, and have written to Hannah and Alice. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.)

Nov. 5. Thursday. A cloudy day and a raining night. Have exchanged letters with Hannah and written to Ida. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.)

Nov. 6. Friday. A rainy day. Exchanged letters with Hannah and wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.)

Nov. 7. Saturday. A cloudy and raining day. Exchanged letters with Hannah. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.)

Nov. 8. Sabbath. A windy day. Did not feel able to go to meeting. This evening I seem to have fever. Have tried to take much of the care of the family lately, because Ada seems so weak. If she but exerts herself a little, she has a backset - fever and pain in her breasts. We intend to go to Lockeford as soon as she is able to travel. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.)

Nov. 9. Monday. A cloudy and raining day. Exchanged letters with Hannah and received a letter from Mr. Pasco. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.)

Nov. 10. Tuesday. The storm now seems to be over. Much rain has fallen. Mr. Cooke is today thirtythree years old, and Ada went out riding with him for the first time since her confinement. Exchanged letters with Hannah and wrote to Lou. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 52.)

Nov. 11. Wednesday. Have exchanged letters with Ida and Hannah and received a letter from Mary. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 48.)

Nov. 12. Thursday. Exchanged letters with Hannah. No more faithful correspondent than she is, could be found anywhere. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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