Delia Locke


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1860. arm - Dr.'s leg. Roses blooming - Cold soap - Emma - 8th of May. S. of T. in Abington - Friends here - Children. Mr. Trask. This evening before the Lyceum commenced, the boys came in to try and learn a song, and I sang it with them, as it is new to them. We have had a few sprinkles of rain today. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 63.) May. 2. Wednesday. The weather has been cloudy with a little rain. I have written to Cousins Lydia & Lizzie. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) May. 3. Thursday. The fore part of the day was marked with heavy showers and the latter part was cold & cloudy with occasional sprinklings of rain. This was the day appointed for the meeting of the Sewing Circle. And it is a little singular that for three successive meetings we have had unfavorable weather. Dr. and I went down to Mr. Heath's and arrived there just as they were taking tea. Only Mrs. Boody, and Mrs. Wagner were there. In the evening, a few gentlemen came, and at the close of the meeting, they gave a generous sum to our library fund. I have written to Mother Locke. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) May. 4. Friday. Another rainy day. Father has received a letter from Mother Locke, stating that her sister - Mrs. Evans - is dead. This makes four relatives that she has lost within the two past years - a son, two sisters, and a brother-in-law. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) May 5. Saturday. We have had some heavy showers of rain today. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 51.) May 6. Sabbath. Dr. and myself attended church, taking all the children, and they behaved very well. Mr. Nims preached from Matt. 13. 31, 32. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed," etc. The sermon was designed to encourage Sabbath school teachers and others who are laboring to instill the truth into the minds of the young. My dear sister Susie now absents herself from church and S. school, leaving her class to another, also the care of the Ladies' Library. 1860. Poor girl! she is under wrong influence, or she never would do so. True she is not very well, but that is but a poor excuse for getting rid of so many public duties. I fear she will make herself very unhappy by such a course, for she will never be better able to attend than now. I grieve that she has been thus led away. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) May 7. Monday. A fair day. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) May 8. Tuesday. This is the anniversary of our wedding day. We have now been married five years. Happily spent indeed, but the two last have been very busy ones. I cannot make it seem that we have been thus long married. Time seems to whiz by me so rapidly that I cannot enjoy it, or otherwise. O that we might be preparing by all for the glorious rest of Heaven! There has been a May Festival at Wood bridge today and all the family attended except myself and the children. A large company were present. The children crowned a May Queen, sang and danced about a May pole and all had refreshments. After which, Dr. Kibbis exhibited a white mouse and a grey eagle. The eagle had a tin bop attached to one of his legs, in which all who desired could place their names, and in this manner they let him fly. Dr. Locke and Mr. Curry also made speeches. The Sons of Temperance were in attendance in uniform. The exercises passed pleasantly, and the company separated at about four o'clock. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) May. 9. Wednesday. A man by the name of Aaron Thomas, commenced work here today. Jacob Hermann was here to tea. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) May 10. Thursday. Jacob Hermann has been here at work through the day. Mr. Eddie and William Herr made us a short call, on their way to Mr. Megerle's. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.) May 11. Friday. We have again had showers of rain at intervals. Mr. Thomas left after breakfast. Jacob has been here through the day. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.)

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April 1860

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