Delia Locke


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May 9. Thursday. Today as Mr. Wallace was in his field with Jack Woolsey who was reaping there with a machine, he met with a sad accident. Owing to inattention to what he was doing he got before the knife of the reaper, which cut his leg nearly off near the ancle. Both bones were cut entirely off, only a portion of the flesh remaining on. Then a short distance above, another gash was made, which cut the flesh and hacked the bone. Dr. was called, who dressed it up, and he is comfortable. He has been brought up to Mr. Read's, and will occupy the large front room of father's house. He will need some one to be with him day and night. We feel very sad for him, as he seems to be effectually laid up for the season. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 10. Friday. Susie has been to town today and left Sarah in my charge. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) May 11. Saturday. Mr. Peters and Miss Mary Mills visited our Division this evening. Miss Fanny Hartwell was initiated, and Miss Mills wore the white scarf in Susie's place, while I wore the red scarf and Mrs. Sabin the blue scarf, as usual. Mr. Wallace was reported sick, and Mr. Hyer was employed by the Division to wait upon him, at ten dollars a week. This is a good opening for Mr. Hyer, who has a sore finger and cannot work. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 69.) May 12. Sabbath. Could not attend church, as Dr. was absent attending the sick. Geo. Susie and Father Locke were here to dinner. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) May 13. Monday. Mr. Hill, of Clay's bar, was shot deed today. He got into a quarrel with a hired man about family matters, and drew a pistol, when the other man also drew a pistol and killed him instantly. Mrs. Hill was absent, endeavoring to procure a divorce, but the matter was thus taken out of her hands and settled forever. Both the men were Southerners, carrying deadly weapons, otherwise Mr. Hill might not have been killed. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.) May 14. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Peter Sherdan called this forenoon. Mr. Jas. Moore took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 68.) May 15. Wednesday. The wind has been blowing briskly today. Our bees have been swarming. Two swarms left the hives, and as there was no one else to do it, I hammered on a tin pan, until they settled in a tree by the house. The limb on which they were was then cut off, and the bees placed in hives, and so not lost. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 62.) May 16. Thursday. Roland is now nineteen years old. Susie came over after dinner and helped me so that we, together with Mr. & Mrs. Holden and Dr. attended the funeral of Mr. Philip Megerle's youngest child, fourteen months old. We left our little ones in the care of Mr. Hyer. Little Emma Megerle has been very sick, teething. Now she is laid quietly to rest in a beautiful spot on their Ranch. Never more to suffer, never to sin, folded in the kind Shepherd's arms, is not hers a happy lot? How happy compared with what it might have been! Mr. Bateman attended the funeral and founded his remarks upon David's conduct at the death of his babe. His remarks were excellent. The babe looked beautifully as it lay in its narrow bed. It was indeed distressing to see the family take leave of it. May I be spared another such scene! Susie and Sarah will remain here tonight. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 59.) May 17. Friday. Susie helped me much this morn, then returned home. Dr. has gone to Stockton. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 58.) May 18. Saturday. We have had windy weather. Dr. has returned. In the Division, two men were initiated. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 53.) May 19. Sabbath. We have had cloudy weather. I have attended S. school. Howard is now twenty two months old and weighs twenty seven pounds. He talks many words very plainly, and is a very good child. Has all his teeth but four. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 56.)

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May 1861

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