Delia Locke


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1860. Sabbath. Sept. 23. I have not attended S. school today. Mr. Wallace walked up with Miss White, after the services were over. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) Sept. 24. Monday. Messrs. Norton and Culver have been here at work today. Paul Dennis has left working here for the present. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 74.) Sept. 25. Tuesday. Last night quite a heavy shower of rain fell. The rains are commencing early this year. Messrs. Norton and Culver have been here all day. Lucien Athearn took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Sept. 26. Wednesday. Mr. Norton ate breakfast with us, and Susan Doan dined with us. She was out looking for the gray mare which had strayed away from their house. Susan and her brother ride on the gray mare to school, Dr. having lent her to them for that purpose. The weather is cool. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) Sept. 27. Thursday. Messrs. Norton, Jackman, Hyer and Paul have been here at work all day. Mr. Hyer will probably take Paul's place as the "man of all work." (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Sept. 28. Friday. Susie and Geo. have made a short call here this eve. The threshers have left their place now, having been at work there ten days. The weather is cloudy, and there are indications of rain. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) Sept. 29. Saturday. Mr. Wallace has been here at work today. He has commenced making a com house for the Dr. Mr. Jackman took breakfast with us. This eve we have attended the Division meeting. Mr. Norton and another man were initiated as members. The officers for the next quarter were balloted for and chosen. Mrs. Sabin did not attend, as her husband has taken offence at some member of the Division and withdrawn. So we could not wear the beautiful scarfs that have been purchased for us - the red, white & blue. Howard is not yet well, has four teeth in process of coming. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) 1860. Sept. 30. Sabbath. A very pleasant day. I have attended church, taking Luther and Ada, and leaving Howard with Miss white who had a headache and did not wish to go. Rev. Messrs. Curry and Bateman were in attendance, the latter preached to us from the text, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteous ness, etc. We should seek the salvation of the soul, 1st. Because God has commanded us so to do. 2d. Because of the worth of the soul. 3rd. Because life is so uncertain. Lasthy, he pointed out the way to obtain salvation. It was a good sermon. Mr. Bateman has been sent to preach to us the present Conference year. Dr. Warren dentist - from Stockton, has made us a call this eve. Mr. Jackman and another man were here to supper. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 69.) Oct. 1. Monday. We now have eleven in the family, as Mr. Wallace is here at work on the com-house. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Health of all - Dress- Price of flour - Fair - Cattle Disease. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) Oct. 2. Tuesday. Mr. Jackman is not to work here more. Mrs. Sabin has called here this eve. They talk of moving to near the Waterloo House. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Oct. 3. Wednesday. We have had showers at intervals today. Mr. Gildersleeve took dinner and supper here. This eve we have had some singing. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 62.) Oct. 4. Thursday. Mr. Gildersleeve took breakfast with us. A very high wind has been blowing today, and the weather has been cloudy with a little rain. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. S.S. 62.) Oct. 5. Friday. I have visited Susie for the first time since her sickness, taking the children with me. Little Sarah is now two months old. We have had heavy showers of rain. Mr. Wallace has finished work here for the present. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Oct. 6. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. Barbara and Caroline Day have been here to visit the teacher. I am so fatigued tonight I cannot attend the Division. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.)

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September 1860

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