Delia Locke


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1860. Dec. 16. Sabbath. This has been a very rainy day, so rainy that none ventured to S. school. Our little Ada is now three years old, weighs thirtyone pounds, which is three lbs. less than Luther did, and is three feet, one-half inch in height, one-half inch shorter than he was at her age. But she talks much more than he did, and is more active and smarter, though not so thoughtful. She has not learned to read as much as he had, as she can barely tell her letters, while he could spell about a doyen words. She is very well and playful, and it is harder to confine her attention to learning. She is a darling little girl, and we love her much. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 56.) Dec. 17. Monday. This evening is dark and rainy. J. F. Norton dined with us. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were Ada's birthday. Objections to removing East - Children. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Dec. 18. Tuesday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.) Dec. 19. Wednesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. Howard is now seventeen months old, weighs twenty four pounds, one pound less than Luther, and two pounds more than Ada did at this age, and he has sixteen teeth, which is two more than either of them had. He talks about as much as Luther did, which is hardly none at all, while Ada could speak many words quite plainly. He walks but little as yet, as he has been kept weak by teething. I am hoping that he will now have a long rest from teething, that he may gain strength. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 62.) Dec. 20. Thursday. Susie has been here this forenoon. She has read a letter from mother, saying Roland is yet undecided whether or not he will come here this season. He was still at West boro. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 55.) Dec. 21. Friday. The weather this forenoon was cloudy and rainy, this afternoon has been quite pleasant. We have had a pleasant rain, which will do the farmers much good. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) 1860. Dec. 22. Saturday. Susie and Geo. called as they were on their way home from a ride, and took tea with us. We have attended the Division this eve, and Susan Dom has been initiated, Susie, Mrs. Sabin and myself acting as officers. As the night is very windy and rainy, Susie and babe are to stop here until morning. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Dec. 23. Sabbath. We had a shower of rain this forenoon, but this afternoon has been pleasant. Susie went home after breakfast, and has attended S. school this afternoon but I have not attended. Mrs. Boody and Mrs. Heath have called since meeting. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Dec. 24. Monday. The weather has been very windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Dec. 25. Tuesday. Christmas Day. It has rained very hard, with scarcely any intermission. This has caused disappointment to many, among them our little ones. We had been invited to take Christmas dinner with Father Locke, and Luther could scarcely talk of anything else. But the weather prevented our going. Once today, Luther looked up and asked me, "Does God know it is Christmas Day?" When I answered "Yes", he asked, "What does he let it rain for then?" A while after, he neglected to do something. When asked the cause by his father, he said, "O I forgot it. You forget things sometimes. I do as you do". Lewis Megerle called this forenoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 46.) Dec. 26. Wednesday. We have had some slight showers this afternoon. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Dec. 27. Thursday. Susie and George have made a short call this evening. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Dec. 28. Friday. Ada has a large abscess under her chin. It is badly swollen and must be pain feel, but she bears the pain very well for a child of her age. It seems to trouble her the most during nights. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 47.) Dec. 29. Saturday. In the Division they have chosen Officer's for the next quarter, Mrs. Sabin & I present. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.)

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December 1860

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