Delia Locke


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1864. Dry weather roads good. Their pictures - Temperance paper and Memorial. Slaughtering hogs-Starr Kings death. Mr. Tallmadge and a brickmaker were here to tea. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Mar. 7. Monday. Mr. Tallmadge and the brickmaker dined here. Dr. is to have another kiln of brick burned near the store. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 79.S.S. 69.) Mar. 8. Tuesday. The wind has blown hard today. We have received a letter from Josiah describing. T. Starr King's funeral and burial. He was laid in state in his own new church, and buried in a vault beneath it. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Mar. 9. Wednesday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 69.) Mar. 10. Thursday. Ida is twenty three months old. Her last teeth are coming through. She is very smart and active, and so fond of books and pictures that it is very difficult to keep them out of her reach. She will take a book and sit down and look at it very contentedly for a long time. She talks very plainly. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72) Mar. 11. Friday. Today Mr. Day's youngest child was buried at the brick church. She was the youngest of seven girls, and the pet of all. Her death is a great trial to them. Mr. & Mrs. Heath came up this eve to attend the Lodge, and called in here. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) Mar. 12. Saturday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 58.) Mar. 13. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy. I have written to my parents. The subjects of my letter were. About starting House - Sent letter from Josiah. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) Mar. 14. Monday. Weather still cloudy. Mrs. Sturr called, also Mrs. Miner. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) Mar. 15. Tuesday. Still cloudy. We had a slight shower this morning, but we fear that, as on other days, we shall have a "dry rain." (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) Mar. 16. Wednesday. The weather is still cloudy, and this eve we have had quite a severe thunder shower, with considerable rain. It is really refreshing, but we did not seem to have the hardest of the shower. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) Mar. 17. Thursday. Still is the weather cloudy, and towards evening. a heavy shower of rain has fallen. How refreshing it is I think we feel truly thankful. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 52.) Mar. 18. Friday. We have had showers today. Mr. Wermuth has called this eve. He came up to join the Lodge, and has done so. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 51.) Mar. 19. Saturday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Mar. 20. Sabbath. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 56.) Mar. 21. Monday. The weather has been cloudy and showery. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Mar. 22. Tuesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Mar. 23. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Mar. 24. Thursday. Weather cloudy. Geo. and Susie have made a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 60.) Mar. 25. Friday. Weather still cloudy. We have strong hopes of rain Mrs. Bragg called, also Mr. Wermuth. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 54.) Mar. 26. Saturday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 52.) Mar. 27. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy. This afternoon. Geo. Locke's blacksmith shop took fire and burnt to the ground. All it contained was also burnt, excepting only one plough. A chest of carpenter's tools, which formerly belonged to Elmer Blacksmith's tools, quite a quantity of bacon and cider, a quantity of white lead, and a can of coal oil, were among the articles burnt, making a loss of some hundreds of dollars. The fire was communicated to the shop from the forge, so it is self-evident, that had there been no fire kindled in the shop on that day the fire would not have occurred. This is an example of Sunday work no profit." (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60.S.S. 54.) Mar. 28. Monday. The weather is still cloudy, but the refreshing rain does not yet come. "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick." (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Mar. 29. Tuesday. This morn we had welcome and refreshing showers Our only regret is, that they did not continue. Susie has spent an hour or two here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Mar. 30. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Mar. 31. Thursday. The morn was rainy also the night, and parched vegetation is reviving, as well as our hopes of a crop this year. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.)

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January 1864


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