Delia Locke


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Sept. 28. Wednesday. A high wind has been blowing all day. Aunt came and washed for me. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letters were - Health of all - Children - Broderick's death and funeral. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Sept. 29. Thursday. Father has been here all day as well as Mr. Wallace. I have written to Mother Locke. The subjects of my letter were - Children - What we saw at the Fair - Brother and cheese - Bees - Letter stamps. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.) Sept. 30. Friday. I have had besides our usual family, Father, John Hill and Mrs. Wallace. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) Oct. 1. Saturday. Susie called this eve. She and Geo. had been to the Post Office and brought up the Ne E. mail. Father has some intention of coming to Cal. I hope he will not come without the family. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.) Oct. 2. Sabbath. Mr. Wallace took breakfast with us. Leaving Ada and baby with Geo, Dr. Luther and I attended S. school and church. Rev. Mr. Nims, who is to preach to us once in two weeks, was there with his wife. I have seen her before at I one City. Mr. Nims addressed as briefly from 2 Cor. 5. 14, 15. We do not accomplish the ultimate end of life, if we do not live to Christ. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 86.) Oct. 3. Monday. Mr. Wallace worked here this forenoon and took dinner with us. John Donnovan was also here to dinner and supper, and a man - Paul Dennis - who will work for us for a time. Shortly after dinner, we received a call from Mr. & Mrs. Nims. They have not yet determined where to settle, but would like a location near us. This afternoon, Mr. William Ramsdell, who has worked for Geo. Locke for some time past, called and informed us of his intention to leave tomorrow for New Hampshire. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.) Oct. 4. Tuesday. Mrs. S. B. Parker and babe, and Mrs. Laird & little boy made me a long call just about noon. Mrs. Pelton and her little boy have been here this afternoon. John Donnovan and Milton Vance have been here at work. Our babe is now eleven weeks old, and weighs fifteen and one-half pounds. We have decided to call him Nathaniel Howard - rather a long name for such a little one - but it is the name of an uncle of the Dr.'s, who has no children of his own. I expect we shall generally call him Howard. I think it a very pretty name. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 71.) Oct. 5. Wednesday. This day the sky has had the appearance of rain. Mr. Kenworthy and mother man came to drive some cows home, and dined here, Mr. Kenworthy took supper with us, and will remain over night. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 63.) Oct. 6. Thursday. Mr. Kenworthy left after breakfast. Just at night, Geo. Lepee started for the Ranch in a wagon with two horses. Luther wished to go with him, but as he had not been as obedient as I wished him to be, I told him he could not go. Presently, as I was busy preparing supper, I missed him, and fearing he might have been disobedient enough to follow behind George, I went to look and saw him, hand in hand with Ada, for off on the lowland, walking as fast as they could along the road. Knowing Geo. would return in a short time, I did not follow them, and soon Geo. same with them. This is the first time Luther has gone away without permission, and it distressed me much. I am so fearful if Ada runs away, that she will get into the pond. I think Luther will not go away again without leave, for knowing the danger attending it, I thought it best to whip him for the offence, which I do not often do. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 73.) Oct. 7. Friday. Some of the large boys of the neighborhood have met here this evening, and Dr. has been talking with them about forming a Lyceum, They seem much interested in the subject, and will meet again in two weeks. Earnest and Philip Megerle were here to tea. Mrs. Warren and children passed here this eve with Geo. Locke, on their way to Mr. Montgomery's. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.)

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September 1859

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