Delia Locke


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him stay. This eve I have attended the Division, and felt lonely indeed without the Dr. who has not returned. I am getting weary with longing and waiting for him. I read a piece in the meeting tonight from the Temperance Journal. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 61.) Oct. 27. Sabbath. Today I prepared myself and all the children for the S. school, but no one came except Roland. Mr. Holden and Dr. both being absent was the cause. Tonight the Dr. has arrived, and we were much rejoiced to see him. With him have come two men, Mr. Dillworth and Mr. Fitygerald. Dr. reports the Grand Division to have been very interesting. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Oct. 28. Monday. Mr. Dillworth and Geo. Lepee breakfasted here. Mr. Fitygerald will work here for the present. Mr. Faster, who is about to start a singing school in the place, was here to tea. He can talk as fast as ever. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 61.) Oct. 29. Tuesday. This forenoon we have been with the children to Mr. Leonard's ambrotype saloon near the Lockeford House. We wished to get the children all in one picture, but after repeated trials, we found we could not succeed in getting the baby's picture at all. He is not very well and was afraid of every thing unusual, and whenever Mr. Leonard would speak to him he would cry. At the end of two hours, we had but one picture of the three that we could wish to take. Perhaps we shall try again. Geo. Lepee breakfasted here. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Oct. 30. Wednesday. The morning was foggy. Mr. Fitygerald left. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Oct. 31. Thursday. Little Horace is today ten months old, and weighs but eighteen and one-half pounds, having lost a little in flesh within the past month. He is still the third in size and has the same number of teeth that Ada and Howard had, namely, six, four upper and two under teeth. Cutting teeth has made him so weakly that he has not been on the floor much, and is but just commencing to creep. He is a good little darling. Augusta has called this afternoon. Geo. Lepee took supper with us. I have written to mother today. The subjects of my letter were - Pictures - Grand Division at Sac. City - Candle-making - Bedquilt - Children. Dr. is D. G. W. P. Aunt Hannah's health Josiah's attending Normal school. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 65.) Nov. 1. Friday. We have had no rain in October - an unusual occurrence. Geo. Lepee has been her all day. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.) Nov. 2. Saturday. Miss Dodge - the present school-teacher called for a short time. Mr. Hendrix dined here. In the Division this eve two gentleman and one lady were initiated. We also sang the song, "Sparkling and bright". I sang the solo and those who knew it joined in the chorus. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Nov. 9. Sabbath We have had S. school today in the Hall as usual. After this Mr. Holden read a sermon to the young. We have received another letter from mother. Grandfather is still failing in mind and body, Cousin Rebecca is better. Our own family were all well. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Nov. 4. Monday. Mr. Shoemaker, of Dry Creek, commenced work here today. We now find that Robert is at his father's, and has been there several days. He avoids us in every possible way. And we also find that his father assisted him off, and probably sent messages to his mother by him. Mr. Vance pretended to the Dr. that he did not even know that Rob. was gone. We think that he acts a very wrong part in the matter, as he has once given Robert up to the Dr.'s care, until he is of age. He is a deceitful ignorant man, and if Robert lives with him, I fear he will not improve much. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.)

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October 1861

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