Delia Locke


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1861. Apr. 28. Sabbath. We have had windy weather today. A. D. Jones, G. W. P. took breakfast with us. I have not been able to attend church today. Two men, Kidwell and Geo. Leper have joined our family. Mr. Jones has organized a Division at the Athearn schoolhouse, called the New Era Division. He has gone tonight, to speak at Woodbridge. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Apr. 29. Monday. Mr. Tallmadge dined here. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Apr. 30. Tuesday. Susie has been here this afternoon making bouquets for the My day table. Emma Kerr has arrived from home to attend the party. Though but twelve yrs. old she is latter and heavier than I am, and quite womanly. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) May 1. Wednesday. Horace was four months old yesterday and weighs sixteen and one half pounds. He is smaller than either of his brothers were, but two pounds larger than Ada, and as observing, I think, as she was. He does not suck his thumb, but the forefinger on the left hand. In this particular, he is unlike the others, but is good and quiet. We have had a Festival near the schoolhouse. The Sons of Temperance were out in regalia, the marshals wearing the lady officer's scarfs, and the chief marshal having his horse decorated with a flag and ribands. A procession was formed from the Hall and marched to the schoolhouse. Addresses were made by the Rev. Messrs. Davidson, Curry and Bateman. The school-children sang four songs, Mrs. Bateman one, Messrs. Flood and Colson one, and the choir sang "America" and "Union", Then we had a plentiful supply of all kinds of excellent food, candies and nuts. We should judge there were about two hundred people present. Luther, Ada and Howard went with me about twelve o'clock. Emma Kerr has gone to spend the night with the Atkins girls. Mr. Davidson took tea with us. He is a very pleasant man from Canada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) 1861. May 2. Thursday. We learned tonight when Jordena arrived home from school, that Emma Kerr went to the ball last eve and danced. Poor girl! I am sorry she has so erred in disobeying her mother's known wishes, and so made herself unhappy. Dr. went with a wagon and brought her here tonight. Three Indians have come to work for us making the number of the family fifteen. We shall only have so large a family while they are making brick. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) May 3. Friday. The weather today has been cloudy and rainy. Emma has been here all day, and A. D. Jones G. W. P. has arrived tonight from a trip to the mines on one of our horses. Jordena has left us for home tonight. She thinks she will not attend school longer. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) May 4. Saturday. This morning Dr. started for Stockton, taking Mr. Jones and Emma Kerr as passengers. Emma expects shortly to go to San Francisco to live with one of her Aunts and attend school. She thinks she may go this afternoon with Mr. Jones. This eve we have attended the Division. Only Aunt Hannah and myself were present of the lady members. Four men were initiated. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) May 5. Sabbath. Dr. got a little pet dog in town yesterday for the children. Its name is Pink. I have not attended church today, as Dr. has been absent attending the sick. Mr. Holden read a sermon after the S. school. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) May 6. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) May 7. Tuesday. Mr. Tallmadge dined with us. Our faithful dog Jewel is dead. Some one found him among the hay. He has been dead several days. He has been sick a long time. Poor fellow! we are sorry to part with him. He was five years old. Aunt has called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 63.) May 8. Wednesday. We have now been married six years. O what a busy life has mine been. Dr. has been to town today. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.)

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April 1861

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