Delia Locke


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1861. Apr. 6. Saturday. In the Division this eve six men and three women were initiated, among whom are Mr. & Mrs. Holden and Mr. Read. Augusta is also proposed. Eliza Atkins and Mrs. Barnett were initiated. The officers for the present quarter were installed, among them Dr. as W. R. Susie has been here this afternoon and to tea. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) Apr. 7. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. After this, Mr. Holden read a sermon on the text, "What must I do to be saved?" The question was first considered, then the answer. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Apr. 8. Monday. Mr. Brakeman has been at work here this forenoon and dined with us. Vegetation is growing very rapidly The water on the lowland is fast drying up. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Apr. 9. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Apr. 10. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Apr. 11. Thursday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Apr. 12. Friday. Susie and Geo. with little Sarah came just before noon and dined with us. Shortly after, they left for a ride. In a little while, Mrs. Hlonker came with the little boy she has with her. He is somewhat younger than Howard, but weighs twenty nine pounds. His mother is dead and his father is nearly blind. Aunt has also been here this afternoon. She is engaged in making mourning badges for the members of this Division. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) Apr. 13. Saturday. Mr. Wilhelm dined with us. He came with a wagon and wished Jordena to go home. They started just after dinner, and Ada accompanied them. The ride will be sixteen miles long, and then to remain over night, I think she will be homesick. This eve, I have attended the Division. Three men and two ladies were initiated tonight. A May party was proposed for the first of May, to be under the direction of the Sons of Temperance, and committees were appointed to attend to the matter. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) 1861. Apr. 14. Sabbath. I have not attended church today. Jordena and Ada with Mr. Willhelm and Lucy Flood have arrived. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) Apr. 15. Monday. Mr. Willhelm and Lucy Flood took breakfast here, after which they left for home. Mr. Clark took supper here. The May-party committee have met here this evening, but have not done much except to locate it at some place near the school house. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were - Children Luther's birthday - May-party - Warm weather - Hannah's teeth. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 76.) Apr. 16. Tuesday. Again the birthday has arrived. Dr. is thirty eight years old and Luther is five. We invited us company to dinner today, but Mr. O. Jones was here. Dr. has been very busy indeed endeavoring to make arrangements about the May-party. For no sooner did the people in the district above learn that we intended to have a May party, than they set to work to get up an opposition party, and also a dance for the evening. Dr. has been endeavoring to get an arrangement for a union, but we think it will not be effected, as they are very stubborn. Luther is three and one-half feet in height and weighs forty two and one-half pounds. Last Saturday he rode on horseback a distance of five miles and back in company with his father, they being on separate horses. As they were out they stopped at the saddle and harness shop of Mr. Philip Megerle, and Luther saw there a bridle which struck his fancy and he wished to bring it home. But his father would not buy it for him. As they came home they saw Mr. Holden and Luther told him where they had been and that he saw a very nice bridle which we wanted much. Mr. Holden asks him why he did not get it. Luther replied, "O I thought I wouldn't. "Why not?" said Mr. Holden. "I changed my mind," said Luther. He talks like a much older boy than he is. Nothing interests him so much as saddles, bridles, harnesses and tools of various kinds,

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April 1861

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