Delia Locke


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After meeting we all went to Susie's and had a family supper. Josiah arrived from San Francisco today, so this is the first time in our lives that our family were ever all together. The thought of Aunt Hannah lying so sick made us sad, other wise it would have been very pleasant. Josiah looks very thin and pale from too close application to study. He has had the chills. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 78.) May 23. Monday. Sad day - Aunt Hannah died about half past three o'clock this afternoon. Dr. and Mother were there also Miss White. She did not seem to suffer much pain. A telegram was sent to Mr. & Mrs. Read this morning. She is to be buried tomorrow. She has been too sick to talk much for several days, but has thought she should not recover, and said to Mr. Holder several hours before her death, embracing him, "O my dear, dear husband, it is very hard to part." She now sleeps sweetly in Jesus. We have been over to select a place for a grave. She is to be laid beside Elmer. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 86.) May 24. Tuesday. This afternoon, at two o'clock we attended the funeral of Aunt Hannah at the Methodist Church. Although less than twenty four hours since her death the body was so putrefied as to be very offensive. Mr. Read's family arrived in due time. Mr. Buckner preached from the text - "My times are in thy hand" a good sermon, drawing the conclusion that we ought always to be prepared for death. We sang the hymn, "Why should our tears in sorrow flow," When God recalls his own, "And bids them leave this world of woe," For an immortal crown? "Is not s'en death a gain to those. "Whose lives to God were given?" Gladly to earth their eyes they close, "To open them in heaven. &c. Then at the grave we sung Mount [?]. A long procession followed the entire distance to the grave. Dear aunt! "Peaceful be thy silent slumber. "Thy gain is our severe loss. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 64.) May 25. Wednesday. I have cleaned my bedroom today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 65.) May 26. Thursday. Lucy Perkins has come to stop a few days here. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 80.) May 27. Friday. Mother, Clara and John have been here all day. This is the warmest day. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 83.) May 28. Saturday. Mr. & Mrs. Read and children dined here, also Mother, and Father and Mother were here to tea. In the Division this eve we have had a pleasant time. Geo. Locke joined, and in addition to the speeches from the brothers, Hannah and Lucy each recited a piece of poetry. Mother, Hannah and Lucy have joined the Ladies' Library Association. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 76.) May 29. Sabbath. Luther and Ada have attended meeting with their father at the brick church. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 80.) May 30. Monday. My birthday again. I am now twenty eight, and the mother of six children. O what a responsibility rests upon me. I believe I am sinking under the weight of it, for my health is very delicate. "As thy day, so shall thy strength be," is a precious promise. I am trying to rely upon it. Cloudy weather with showers in eve. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 73.) May 31. Tuesday. The weather is cooler. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 65.) June 1. Wednesday. Mother and Hannah have washed for me today. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 69.) June 2. Thursday. Bell Costellow called this afternoon. Two more ladies have arrived here from the East - Miss Derby and Miss Campbell. They are school teachers, Miss Derby was formerly a classmate of Susie's in the Bridge water Normal School. Father and Mother, George and Susie have been to town and brought them out. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 68.) June 3. Friday. This morning, as Geo. Locke was driving through the gate here in his team wagon, having Clara, Sarah and Elmer on the high seat with him, Johnny who had opened the gate, let it shut against the wagon, throwing all the children down and cutting a deep gash over Elmer's right eye. Dr. sewed it up. This eve, I have joined the Lodge of Good Templars by my husband's request. I hope it will not in any way tend to injure the Division, for I hope the little life remaining in it will be nourished. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 62.) June 4. Saturday. Susie is sick with the chills. She will not keep quiet as I do. She has been to Stockton twice this week. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.)

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January 1864

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