Delia Locke


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as do Luther and Ada, and he frequently milks a quart or more at a time. He is fond of singing and will make a good singer, I think. But he is full to over-flowing of fun and frolic, and when no other channel presents itself for it to run in, he must be hector some body. He hardly ever gets cross or ponty, but when he has been in mischief and is asked why he did it, his usual reply is, "just for fun." To those who like a sprightly child, he is just the one to be loved. Never idle, very imitative, he easily catches everything he hears and repeats it. He will speak a piece in school very well. He knows nothing of what bashfulness is, and yet he is not bold enough to displease. I think it safe to say, he is a general favorite with all. According to the new regulation the Lodge met this evening, and Cora Vincent joined. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) July 20. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 73.) July 21. Thursday. Miss Derby and Hannah came in after school and Dr. has been out riding horse back with them. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 84.) July 22. Friday (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 77.) July 23. Saturday. In the Division this eve, James Rogers was initiated. I was the Editress of the Temperance Banner and Hannah read it. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 74.) July 24. Sabbath. We have attended S. school at the schoolhouse. Ada was not very well, staid with the baby and kept house. This eve, Mr. Flood's threshing machine has arrived to be ready to commence work in the morning. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 84.) July 25, Monday. This has been the warmest day we have had. The threshers have been here all day. Mr. Robinson is cooking as usual. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 108. S.S. 89.) July 26. Tuesday. The threshing was finished about 4 P.M. when the machine went to Gev.'s. So the dreaded job is finished. Horace Mann threw the kitten into the well tonight. I did not expect to see her alive again but she was drawn up on the bucket, well wetted but unharmed. It is difficult to conceive what could have inspired him to this piece of mischief. An emigrant train from Missouri camps here tonight. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 107. S.S. 87.) July 27. Wednesday. This eve, Mr. & Mrs. Hett and children, Miss Derby and Hannah made a pleasant call. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 80.) July 28. Thursday. This forenoon I visited the school the first time I ever visited school in which my children were among the scholars. Was much pleased with the general appearance of the scholars. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 82.) July 29. Friday. Mother, Clara and Johnny called on their way home from Susie's, and Hannah was here, so we had quite a family meeting. Mother and Clara have been helping Susie about the work for the threshers, and preserving peaches. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 105. S.S. 85.) July 30. Saturday. Have attended the Division this eve. Mr. Robinson, having been previously informed that a charge would be brought against him if he did not confess, made a weak defense of his position, in which he pretended that has conscience did not accuse him of having in any manner violated his pledge. The business was left unfinished. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 105. S.S. 81.) July 31. Sabbath. Have attended the S. school and found it very pleasant. The schoolhouse was well filled. This eve, Roland, James Reed and Mr. Holden have returned from Washoe. Found times hard and business dull. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) Aug. 1. Monday. A. very warm day. Mr. Holden is stopping here. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 105. S.S. 82.) Aug. 2. Tuesday. I have attended the Lodge this eve. There were six visitors from Elliott Lodge present. We had a partial installation of Officers, which was miserably performed. A full board cannot be elected, because there are not sufficient Degree members, and the funds in the Treasury are very meager. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 103. S.S. 80.) Aug. 3. Wednesday. A mormon preacher has delivered discourse in the Hall this evening. His name is Elder Brand. He belongs to the Dissenters, as they are called. He had a goodly number of hearers. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 77.) Aug. 4. Thursday. Have spent three hours at Mother's this afternoon. Have not had a pleasant time on account of bickerings and unpleasant talk between Mother and Hannah, also complaints against Luther. Think I will not go there often. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 80.)

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January 1864

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