Delia Locke


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July 17. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 67.) July 18. Saturday. Weather cooler (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.) July 19. Sabbath. I had another wisdom tooth extracted. It did not pain me, but was hollow, and probably would have been painful soon. Howard is today four years old, and is the tallest and largest of the children, as he weighs forty pounds, "with shoes on," and is three feet, three and one half inches in height. He has a pleasant disposition, and is easily managed, but is very active and full of fun and frolic, always making people laugh by his comical speeches. He needs pretty close watching, as he likes to try all sorts of experiments, and is not at all timid. He seats in words of two or three letters, and could count twenty six months ago. He likes to be thought a big boy, and cannot bear to be called small. This morning he wished to lie beside Horace before they were dressed, which Horace was unwilling he should do. I said, "Horace won't you let little brother lie beside you?" Howard spoke up, "I aint little brother, I'm a big boy." Then stopping to think a minute, he said, "When I'm in bed, I stretch out as big as a man." He is very conscientious, and will readily own his mischievous tricks. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 70.) July 20. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.) July 21. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) July 22. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 87.) July 23. Thursday. Warmest day. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 107. S.S. 89.) July 24. Friday. Ada has gone to Stockton today with her father. He is always pleased to have the company of the children, when he is out riding. And they are more please to go with him. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 80.) July 25. Saturday. Dr. and Ada did not return home last night. They came as far as Mrs. Herr's, and spent the night, then came home today. Ada was delighted with the visit, and does not seem much weary. Mrs. Herr is sick, and Emma is house keeper. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 80.) July 26. Sabbath. Luther has been quite sick all day and feverish. Last Friday he followed Mr. Brumbach on foot to the ferry in the heat of the day got over heated and came home with a severe headache, which has continued 1863. ever since. He says he put his feet in the river to cool them when he arrived at the ferry, which, of course, he should not have done. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 76.) July 27. Monday. Luther is much better today. Mrs. Thomas Parker called today with her little Fanny, four years old, to have one of her front teeth extracted. The crown had decayed off, and the root had become very sharp and made a hole entirely through the gum and pierced into the lip. The little girl bore the operation very well. Mr. Barnett dined with us, and Mr. Diddle took tea here. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 28. Tuesday. Mrs. Kibbe and Edna called after dinner. Mr. Diddle took tea with us again. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) July 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.) July 30. Thursday. Mr. & Mrs. Bigclow came this morning. She had a tooth extracted. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 72.) July 31. Friday. Luther and Ada took the horse Bill in the small wagon , and, with no one to accompany them, went to Mrs. Cahill's and got the basket of clean clothes. When they arrived home, Luther unharnessed the horse without assistance and put him in the stable. Their ages are seven years and three mos. and five years and seven months. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) Aug. 1. Saturday. The people of the District have held a meeting under the new school law and chosen Trustees. They chose three, then chose three drew lots for the time they were to serve. Dr. is Trustee for one year, Geo. Rogers for two years and Geo. Locke for three years. The name of the District was also changed from Staples District to Lockeford District. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 76.) Aug. 2. Sabbath. I have been quite unwell today with pain in my stomach and vomiting. We learn that Mr. John F. Norton was married today to Miss Eliza Smith. She has twin children. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) Aug. 3. Monday. I am better today. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) Aug. 4. Tuesday. I have written to mother. The subjects of my letter were Children - Teeth pulled - Hammond cousins - Washerwoman - Father going home - Mr. H. T. Taylor called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 78.) Aug. 5. Wednesday. Henry Taylor left this place for his home in Maine. He is so thin and weak, that he does not look able to bear a seaboy age perhaps it will benefit him. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 72.)

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July 1863

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