Delia Locke


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1885. sometime, as he was a consumptive. I have written to Mr. Cooke. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 54.)

Dec. 2. Wednesday. Still cloudy weather. Exchanged letters with Ida. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 3. Thursday. Still cloudy. We have visited at Father's today. My visits there, as everywhere else, are few and far between. Mother's health is feeble, but she manages to do most of the work, but goes out as seldom as I do, so we scarcely ever meet. Dr. Lane came here after the meeting of the evening, and stayed all night. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 4. Friday. Still cloudy. Wrote to Horace. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 46.)

Dec. 5. Saturday. Still cloudy. Ada rode over with Willie and called on Fanny Swett. Ada however, does not seem to get strong fast. She wearies with the least exertion. I think she keeps the care of the church work at Oakland too much on her mind. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 6. Sabbath. No change in the weather - still cloudy. Ada went to S. school and meeting, while I took care of the babies. Have received letters from Mr. Pascoe and Horace. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 7. Monday. A cold north wind has been blowing all day. This is the first drying day we have had for about three weeks. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 46.)

Dec. 8. Tuesday. Today has been the first pleasant day we have had for a long time. The north wind of yesterday dried up the ground so much that today our men began to plow. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.)

Dec. 9. Wednesday. Today Ada and I went to Rebecca's visiting, and had a pleasant time. I wanted to get home early, but Dr. forgot to come till late, and I got quite chilled coming home. Rebecca's baby - Ina Pearl by name - is one of the sweetest she has had. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 10. Thursday. Cloudy and rainy again. Not long did we have pleasant weather. Dr. Stamper was buried today. He died quite suddenly of heart disease. Have exchanged letters with Ida and Mr. Cooke. Also have sent a package of

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1885. stereoscopic views to Horace, of places in and about this town. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.)

Dec. 11. Friday. Cloudy forenoon. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 12. Saturday. Have written to Horace. The deformed child of John Moore died today, aged eight mos. It was bone with a bag of waters in some way connected with the spine and this ran its life away. It was a son - well formed in other ways Arthur Frederick. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 48.)

Dec. 13. Sabbath. Weather foggy and cloudy. The deformed child was buried from the Methodist church. Received letters from Horace and Mr. Cooke. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 44.)

Dec. 14. Monday. A foggy and cloudy forenoon. Lulu McCloud and Mrs. Geehan called. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 15. Tuesday. Still foggy and cloudy. Mr. Cooke arrived this morning. Have received a letter from Mr. Pascoe. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.)

Dec. 16. Wednesday. Still cloudy. Mrs. Emslie and two daughters called. Ada is today twentyeight years old. She is the good and happy mother of two little one - "just a pair" - a boy and a girl. She is one that thoroughly enjoys her work, in the family and as pastor's wife in the church and society. I have never met with one who enjoyed it better. And she is of a good, obliging, helpful disposition - a thoroughly consecrated Christian. As a little surprise to her, we invited Luther and Alice, Howard and Lou, Lilla and Mertice to tea, and made some extra preparations for it. All seemed to enjoy it, though I could not go down to eat with them. A letter from Ida states that Benton weighs twentyone pounds at six months old. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.)

Dec. 17. Thursday. Still cloudy. Mr. Cooke, Ada and the babies left us for their home today. Wrote to Ida. Ada thinks the visit here has benefited her somewhat, but she is thinner in flesh than I ever knew her to be before, I think. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.)

Dec. 18. Friday. No change in the weather. It is still cloudy. Alice and Lou came up in the afternoon. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.)

Date Original

January 1885

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circa 1885-1891


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