Delia Locke


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Aug. 16. Saturday. Emma Heer has arrived again tonight. She is to attend school which commences next week. In the Division this eve, John Hill and Mr. Hett were initiated. We consider Mr. Hett is a valuable acquisition, as we now have a fine leader of singing. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 109. S.S. 89.) Aug. 17. Sabbath. We met in church today, but Mr. Blakeslee did not come, as he felt to unwell to preach. We therefore had a short sing, and were dismissed. Horace Mann is in very delicate health. Poor boy! he is pale, thin and feeble. His bowels seem to be badly deranged, probably the effects of teething. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 88.) Aug. 18. Monday. Early this morning, we had a slight shower of rain. This, of course, is a very unusual occurrence at this season of the year. Rev. Mr. Blakeslee called this eve, and we have had conversation about a comet, which has lately appeared. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 83.) Aug. 19. Tuesday. We have received another letter from mother. She wishes she was here with us. Mrs. Sabin made us her farewell call this afternoon, as she soon expects to move. We are very sorry to lose her, especially from the Division. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 76.) Aug. 20. Wednesday. Luther lost his first tooth this eve, one on the lower jaw. The new one had appeared before we noticed it. We think he is quite young to have his firm teeth as he is but six years and four months old. Mr. & Mrs. Sabin have moved to a ranch bought of Mr. Hlunker, and where Mrs. H lunker is buried. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) Aug. 21. Thursday. Mr. Brumback took breakfast here. Dr. has gone to Sacramento with Mr. Holman. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were Steamer burnt. Normal school in Cal. Children reading Pieces-baby. Horace M. sick-Distance Aunt H. is from us - Luther lost first tooth Josiah's visit to us - J. Parker drowned. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.) Aug. 22. Friday. Dr. and Mr. Holman have returned from Sac. and Mr. Holman took tea. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 77.) Aug. 23. Saturday. In the Division this eve, we have had a pleasant time. We have had reading and singing, besides the usual exercises, which is nothing uncommon, but, tonight a happy feeling seemed to pervade all. Mr. Hett sang a parody on the "Fine old Irish gentleman" song, about a teetotaler, found in the Dashaway song book, which we now use. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 84.) Aug. 24. Sabbath. This has been a sad day, filled up with sad events. We learn that Mr. Alfred Parker's oldest son, Russell Jewett Parker, aged almost eight years, has been buried today. Yesterday, he went into a waterhole in their field to bathe, contrary to his mother's commands, got into the quicksands, and was taken out lifeless, having died in the act of disobedience. O how sad must this event be to the almost heartbroken parents, and what a warning to the sister and younger brothers! Mr. Skinner, who has lived across the river, died this evening. Just as we were going up into the Hall to meeting, our little dog Pink, was taken in convulsions, and died in a few moments. Dr. examined the contents of her stomach, and found she had by some means, got strychnine. We now think some one intended to poison the large dogs and that Pink was killed by mistake. It is a great loss to the children, but we shall now keep her little puppy as a pet. Mr. Blakeslee preached the best sermon I have ever heard him preach from the text. "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain, etc. He spoke of Mr. Skinner as dying without hope, and strove to warn us all to prepare for death, while in life. But few were present owing to the camp meeting but I wish the whole neighborhood could have heard it. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 84.) Aug. 25. Monday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 84.) Aug. 26. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 84.) Aug. 27. Wednesday. The citizens of this neighborhood are subscribing to purchase a large union flag. We now have a small one. Let the stars and stripes float our Lockeford. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 70.) Aug. 28. Thursday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.)

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August 1862

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