Delia Locke


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When I think about it and consider the character of the man, I am almost glad he did not come here. But will the Woodbridge people give the credit of the arrival of the first steamer there to the right source?. They herald it as a great event, and certainly it is. But they wilfully forget to mention his name who has toiled with mind and body and expended liberally of his means to accomplish this great object. And now they selfishly strive in every way to prevent his deriving any benefit from the same. The boat is freighted with goods for Lockeford, almost entirely. But through the mud those must be carted up on wagons at Dr's expense. Still, Dr. is not cast down or discouraged by this turning of events, but nobly resolves to "struggle on", and "with courage persevere. "I admire this resolution on his part, and an resolved to aid him in every way in my power. Father Locke is here to tea and all night. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Feb 24. Monday. The weather is cloudy. The teams have today been to Wood bridge and brought up goods from the Fanny Ann. Father Locke and Dr. are about to open here a Dry Goods and Grocery store, to be kept in the house built by Father last year. He has been here all day, and will henceforth live here, as long as the present arrangement lasts. Mr. Blakeslee was here to dinner, supper, and will spend the night. Mr. W. P. Blakeslee, Geo. Locke and Geo. Lepee were also here to tea. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Feb. 25. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy. W. P. Blakeslee and Geo. Locke were here to dinner, Mr. Shoemaker and Geo. Lepee to supper. The teams have been again to Woodbridge for goods. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Feb. 26. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy. The store is opened today for the first time. Father Locke is to be the clerk. They have a very good assortment of dry goods and groceries. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Feb. 27. Thursday. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. Geo. Lepee and Geo. Locke were here to supper. Dr. has gone to Stockton. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Feb. 28. Friday. Dr. has returned from Stockton, and brought with him willie Herr who is to board here and go to school. I have been to the new store and made some purchases. Horace Maun is fourteen months old and has as yet but six teeth. He does not walk yet but is a good and quiet boy. We have received letters from home - they are well as usual. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Mar. 1. Saturday. The wind has blown brickly today. In the Division this eve, we have had a very pleasant time. All seemed to try to do their part towards making it interesting. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Mar. 2. Sabbath. This is a day long to be remembered in the history of Lockeford, for today a church has been formed of the congregational order - Mr. Blakeslee pastor. Fourteen communicants were present, and Mr. T. Wiley officiated in passing the bread and wine. It has been a good season to me, with but one thing wanting to make my happiness complete. And that was, shall I write it? - my dearest husband shared not with me the same privilege. O it is my constant prayer that he may feel it his duty to unite himself with the church of Christ, for I do believe him to be a Christian. And some of the happiest moments I have ever spent, have been with him as we knelt at the throne of grace. Mr. Buckner. Baptist preached here this forenoon. The weather has been very pleasant. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Mar. 3. Monday. Messrs. Wallace and Colton were here to dinner and supper. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were. Family - Store. Paper. Chuch Communion. Fourth of March at hand. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) Mar. 4. Tuesday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Mar. 5. Wednesday. The weather has been foggy and cloudy. Mr. McIntire, who worked here about four years ago, has come here tonight. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.)

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February 1862

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