Delia Locke


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1864. June 5. Sabbath. We have had a pleasant time reading tonight. Dr. the children and myself. I have written to Mother Locke. The subjects of my letter were - Arrival of friends - Death of Aunt Hannah - Photograph received - School - teachers arrived. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 62.) June 6. Monday. Little Mary is now two months old. She has gained three pounds in weight and now weighs eleven lbs. She begins to take notice of people, and laughs some. Dr. has been gunning a while this afternoon, the first for a long time, and he has killed one rabbit, two blue jays and seven quails. He used his cane gun. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) June 7. Tuesday. Father and mother have moved today to the house bought of Mr. Lacock. The family were here to dinner and supper. I have called there this afternoon and at the store, and mother has been with me to call on Mrs. Kett. She is a pleasant Massachusetts lady. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 75.) June 8. Wednesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 75.) June 9. Thursday. They have held a school meeting here in the Temperance Hall this afternoon, to discuss the propriety of moving the schoolhouse to Lockford, the district having been divided of late in such a way as to make this place nearly central. Some opposition was shown to the measure, but it was decided by a vote of twenty four to six to move it to a place on the Township Line near here. Mother and Clara have been here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 70.) June 10. Friday. The day has been cloudy and windy and the eve is showery. What strange weather for June! Hannah has been here doing my ironing. I did the washing myself with the aid of the children. She has received a letter from Lizzie Hedge saying that Uncle B. Ransom died on the 27th of April of lung fever. Also that Harriet Barrows and Dexter Dunham were married on the first of May. She goes to stay with Mrs. Read again as usual. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) June 11. Saturday. In the Division this eve three were initiated, Misses Hampbell and Duby dined here. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) June 12. Sabbath. Luther and Ada have been to meeting with their father. Miss Perkins came down with Mr. Horace Miner to have a tooth extracted. She has returned to Campo Sew with him this eve. She is pleased with her situation. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) June 13. Monday. I have been out calling this afternoon. I went to Mrs. Ketts' to borrow a pattern of a sack for Ada, which I obtained. Calling at the tavern, I saw a new sewing machine which Edna Kibbe has, called the Union machine. It sews with two threads and is screwed to the top of the table. I next went to the store and made some purchases, and then went to mother's and made a call. Mr. Wallace is fixing up shelves, &c. in the house. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 70.) June 14. Tuesday. Mrs. Flanders called this afternoon. I have purchased the second volume of the History of the Slave holder's Rebellion for the Ladies' Library. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 72.) June 15. Wednesday Miss Derby called this morning. This afternoon I have been to Mother's with the children. Susie and her children were there and we have had a pleasant visit George and Dr. were also there to tea. They have been very busy for two days moving the Schoolhouse. It is now on the site selected. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 69.) June 16. Thursday. Windy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 60.) June 17. Friday. This eve we have attended the Lodge of Good Templars. Twelve of visitors from Elliott Lodge were present and we had a pleasant time. Philip Megerle was initiated. The weather is so cold that a fire was kept in the Hall for comfort. This is almost unprecedented. The cold wind makes everything still dryer than before. What shall we do for crops? (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 60.) June 18. Saturday. In the Division this eve, Lady Officers were elected and installed. They are - myself, Conductor Sister Hannah, Sentinel - Lady Assistants, Red, Miss Campbell - White, Miss Derby - Blue, Mrs. Alexander, Assistant Chaplain, Mother. We hope the night of meeting of the Good Templars will be changed. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.)

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January 1864

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