Delia Locke


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Aug. 1. Sarah Louisa Cotton. She diedof heart complaint. She was almostan idol. Was never well, &constantly suffered from difficultbreathing, Col. & Mrs. Holmanfrom up the river called on us today,for the first time. She has alittle boy two weeks older thanmine, and the two are aboutequal in size. I was not able tosit up at all. Mrs. Holman hada tooth drawn.Aug. 2. T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 79. Ihave been a little better today,but am mostly confined to thebed. A new schoolhouse is beingbuilt near us, on our Ranch. Mr.& Mrs. Lard have made us a callwith their children. Her babe issix months old and weighs onlythirteen pounds.Aug. 3. Sabbath. T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 98.S.S. 80. Still sick, tho' I have beenbetter all day until night, whenI was attacked with a severepain in my side, which subsidedon the application of a mustardplaster.Aug. 4. T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 77. Thismorning Mrs. Vincent came anddid the housework for us. She isvery kind to walk up here, adistance of three miles, for thispurpose. School commenced inthe new schoolhouse this morning.Mr. Walker is the teacher, Robertwill attend.Aug. 5. T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 75.I am a little better today tho' stillvery weak. My little Luther is obligedto drink cows' milk mostly.But he is a good boy and drinksvery well. The threshers have goneto thresh for Elmer.Aug. 6. Wednesday. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M.99. S.S. 85. My health continues aboutthe same. Mr. Poppey calledhere this morning. He is stronglyagainst the study of Colburn’s Arithmetic.But we find he doesnot understand its object. Mr. &Mrs. Shepard and Mrs. MiltonShepard & little boy, with Mrs.Holman & Annie have also been hereThey stopped an hour or so. Georgehas been here the most of the after

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August 1856

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