Delia Locke


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Sept. 11. Tuesday. Comfortable weather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 66.) Sept. 12. Wednesday. Geo. Lepee has been here all day. Dr. Kerr took tea with us and will remain over night. He has come to seek John, who has not been at home since he came here last Friday. He is getting to be quite a vagabond boy, and deserves very strict training. His father tells us that but a short time ago, he was absent from home five weeks, while the family did not know where he was. What a sad habit for a boy of thirteen! (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Sept. 13. Thursday. Dr. Kerr took breakfast with us. He learns that John is with the Megerle boys. Geo. Lepee was here to dinner and supper. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) Sept. 14. Friday. Two men, who were here with grain, took dinner with us. Mr. Norton was here to tea. Geo. Lepee has been here all day at work. They have had a Republican meeting at the school house this eve, and have organized a Republican Club, of which Dr. is one of the three Vice-presidents. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.) Sept. 15. Saturday. Mr. Jones took tea with us. This eve, I have attended the Division meeting. There were many more present than on the previous week, and a Mr. Clark was initiated. Miss White and Mrs. Sabin attended. The meeting did not adjourn until twelve o'clock, and we are very tired. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 86.) Sept. 16. Sabbath. Did not go to the schoolhouse, supposing there was but a Sabbath school, and that it would not be best to dress all the children for that. But the people were agreeably surprised by the appearance of a preacher, by the name of Mr. Green, who says he will come once in two weeks for a while. Susie came in and stopped a shorttime with the baby, as they went home. Geo. Lepee has been here all day. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 86.) Sept. 17. Monday. A man who had come to see Geo. Lepee, took dinner with us. We have had another very warm day. It is indeed excessively warm for this time of the year. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 90.) Sept. 18. Tuesday. I have been washing today. Just as the family were sitting down to dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Briton and child came. I arranged the table anew, but as they had dined, Mr. Briton would not sit down with us. Geo. Lepee left us to work at Geo. Locke's with the threshing machine. This eve I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Bees - Division - Preserves Children - State Fair - Father's new house. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 87.) Sept. 19. Wednesday. Little Howard is now fourteen months old. Poor little one! instead of gaining strength he is losing. He weighs but eighteen and one-half pounds now, looks quite thin and pale, and is apparently as far from walking as he was three months ago. He seems to have no rest from teething, having twelve through, and more troubling him. I shall be thankful when his teeth have all come. Mr. Vance has been here at work all day. Lewis Megerle took dinner with us. Mrs. Sabin has been visiting here this afternoon, and with Mr. Sabin took tea with us. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 84.) Sept. 20. Thursday. Mr. Vance was here to breakfast. I have cut myself out a new calico dress - the first I have found time to make for a year and a half. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 80.) Sept. 21. Friday. Another man has come to work for us and took supper here. The weather is cooler. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) Sept. 22. Saturday. Dr. has been to Stockton today and returned. This eve I have attended the Division meeting. The Misses Mills came with Mr. Neal from Woodbridge and called for a few moments before going into the Division. The members got into a warm discussion about expelling Mr. Fisher and Mr. Robinson, and some got angry and nearly withdrew. We hope, however, that it is all settled now. Mr. Drew read a witty price which he called a novel, and which we suppose he composed. It caused some merriment. The meeting did not adjourn till half past eleven. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 77.)

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September 1860

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