Delia Locke


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1896. Jan. 16. Thursday. Still windy and rainy. Received letter from Ada, Willie, and Mr. & Mrs. Ober, and wrote to George, Ada and Will Cooke. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 55.)

Jan. 17. Friday. Weather cloudy, windy and very rainy - so rainy that Theresa did not come home from school tonight. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 58.)

Jan. 18. Saturday. We have had heavy showers. Old Mr. Mohrmann was buried today. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 19. Sabbath. A cloudy and rainy day, and very windy and rainy night. Received letters from George, Horace and Calvin. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.)

Jan. 20. Monday. Still cloudy, windy and rainy. We are having a very long storm. Have written to George and the children in the East. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.)

Jan. 21. Tuesday. The weather has been gradually clearing all day, although the morning was cloudy. The stars are shining this evening. Have written to Eunice. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.)

Jan. 22. Wednesday. Afternoon again cloudy. Received letters from Ada, Ida and George, and wrote to Scotia. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.)

Jan. 23. Thursday. Morning rainy. Have written to Oakland. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 49.)

Jan. 24. Friday. Cloudy afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.)

Jan. 25. Saturday. Weather windy and rainy. Received a letter from Wille. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.)

Jan. 26. Sabbath. The day and cloudy and windy and it began to rain at 5 P.M. Such a long storm! Received a letter from Calvin. Poor boy! He is quite homesick. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 57.)

Jan. 27. Monday. Still very rainy. Received a letter from George and wrote to Eastern children. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.)

Jan. 28. Tuesday. Weather still a little cloudy. Have written to Mamie Sutherland. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.)

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1896. Jan. 29. Wednes. North windy. Received a letter from Ida and wrote to Scotia. Ida writes that she has taken a little two-months old baby girl - Adele Whitney by name - to nurse. Through the ignorance and selfishness of its mother, it has nearly starved to death - is a mere skeleton - and can bear only a few drops of breast milk at a time upon its stomach. She has to feed it every hour or two, day and night. And this she does out of the kindness of her heart to a perfect stranger, not expecting any pay for doing it. O her unselfishness! But I feel that she is really doing a wrong to herself and baby, in running a risk of sickness or tainted blood, so that I cannot heartily approve it. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.)

Jan. 30. Thursday. The Ladies Aid Society met here today. Received a letter from Willie and wrote to Oakland. Willie sent me a copy of his will, which he has thought it prudent to make as he thinks every one should, so that it may be ready in case of accident. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.)

Jan. 31. Friday. Weather a little cloudy. Received letters from George and Ada. They write that little Georgie Wirt had died of diphtheria in Oakland, and Mrs. Wirt is dangerously sick with same disease. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.)

Feb. 1. Saturday. The forenoon was rainy and the afternoon cloudy. Have written to George. Susie Pascoe is twelve years old. How time flies! (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.)

Feb. 2. Sabbath. Morning foggy. Am not able to attend meeting. Received letters from Calvin and Eunice. Nellie is eleven years old today. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

Feb. 3. Monday. Have written to the children in the East. Annie Holman called. She is in a "peck of trouble" about her father's property. Mrs. Holman means to get it all if she can. But there is not enough worrying about. Mrs. Holman is very feeble. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 43.)

Date Original

January 1892

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circa 1892-1897


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