Delia Locke


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Mar. 23. Saturday. The weather has been rainy. Roland has been here all day. Jordena went home last night, so she has not been here to help me. Mr. Clark took tea with us. I have not attended the Division this eve, on account of the rain. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Mar. 24. Sabbath. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy, so that I have not attended S. school. Jordena has come again. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Mar. 25. Monday. The weather is again cloudy and rainy. Mr. Clark was here to dinner, and George Flood to supper. Roland has been here all day. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 26. Tuesday. The rain has been pouring in torrents all day. Only two scholars attended school, of whom Jordena was one, Wilber Brakeman the other. Geo. Flood and Roland have been here all day. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 50.) Mar. 27. Wednesday. Still another very rainy day, and the river is rising very rapidly. An over flow is anticipated. Geo. Flood went home before dinner. I have written to Mother Locke. The subjects of my letter were - Children. Sorry for her trouble - Roland's arrival. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 28. Thursday. The river has over flowed its banks and nearly submerged the bottom lands. Here and there islands remain, and on there the men have been busy killing rabbits, squirrels and gophers, which have there taken refuge from the water. Hundreds of these animals have been caught today, on our Ranch alone. We shall have as many as we can sat for a few days. The water is higher than I ever saw it before. Mr. Clark was here to dinner. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Mar. 29. Friday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. A very great quantity of rain has fallen. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 58.) Mar. 30. Saturday. Geo. Locke took dinner here. In the Division this eve, two men and two women were initiated. The officers were elected for the next quarter. Dr. was elected as Worthy Patriarch. The meeting did not close until twelve o'clock. The majority by one vote decided to have a ball on the first of May. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Mar. 31. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today, and after it was over we had a short time spent in singing. Mr. Holden is now the superintendent of our S. school and Mr. Cogs well is Librarian. Horace is today three months old and weighs fifteen and one- half pounds, just one pound less than the other boys did at the same age. He is playful and forward and tries hard to get things in his hands. He turns over and rolls about in bed and would have fallen off three times had there not been something in front of the bed to prevent him. We think he does not resemble the others. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Apr. 1. Monday. Cloudy weather. Philip Megerle took dinner with us. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Clothes received - dresses - petticoats - shirts - boots - stockings - fills - tire - Over flow - rabbits - squirrels Butter. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) Apr. 2. Tuesday. Still cloudy weather. A very slow man took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 55.) Apr. 3. Wednesday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Apr. 4. Thursday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Mr. Diddle dined with us. This afternoon, hearing that Mrs. Clapp was about to remove to the mountain Spring House, I went over to bid her goodbye. Mr. & Mrs. Sturr are now to take possession of the Lockeford House. I feel sorry to lose so good a neighbor as Mrs. Clapp. I also called for a few minutes on Augusta and Aunt. Aunt is not very well. This evening, Robert and Jordena have gone to a candy party at Mr. Tallmadge's. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Apr. 5. Friday. The weather is still cloudy, but we do not have much rain as yet. Roland is engaged to work here for a year. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.)

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March 1861

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