Delia Locke


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Nov. 17. Thursday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 51.) Nov. 18. Friday. I have today written to my friend Lydia O'Brien. She has buried her little girl - my namesake. I wrote her about the sickness of our family and friends, Aunt's death, etc. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 19. Saturday. In the Division this eve the principal talk was of surrendering the Charter. It was thought best by all the members to do so, as most of the Temperance people belong to both orders, and it is too great a task for them to sustain two such societies. Four weeks from tonight was appointed as a time for the last meeting. I regret that it must be so. I believe I like the order better than the Good Templars. Also it has some very pleasant reminiscences connected with it. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Nov. 20. Sabbath. I have enjoyed the privilege of attending the S. school today - the first time for more than three months. We had a small attendance, but a pleasant school. After wards, I called to see Mrs. Kett and Clara, both are better and seem to be recovering. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 21. Monday. I have visited the school this afternoon, was well pleased. I have also called on Mrs. Bragg. This evening the Soldier's Aid Society have met in the Hall. We had a good attendance and a pleasant meeting, and gained several new members. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Nov. 22. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 23. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Nov. 24. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. We have had company to dinner Father, Mother, Hannah, Susie and her children, & Johnny, George was too feeble to come, also Clara, and Josiah and Horace have gone gunning. Sadness was mingled with our feelings of thankfulness, for today came the news of our Cousin Charles Stetson's death. He has been six months in the army in Virginia, was taken sick arrived to a Hospital, and intelligence sent to his parents. His father went and had him conveyed home. But he lived only a few days after his arrival. It is doubtful whether he knew his baby son, whom he had never before seen, as it was born in his absence, His disease was chronic diarrhea. This is one of the thousands of instances of bereavements caused by this war. He was an only son, and his loss will be deeply felt. The Soldiers' Aid Society met this eve at Mr. Horatio Rogers', Dr. attended, but I did not. The weather is still cloudy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) Nov. 25. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Nov. 26. Saturday. We have had very heavy rain all day with a very high wind. My front room has been as wet as it was the year of the flood. The rain has poured in torrents and the wind has taken it through all houses not perfectly tight. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 59.) Nov. 27. Sabbath. This morn, as soon as it was light enough to see, we could hardly believe the evidence of our own eyes; the water was running in streams across the field from the river, which had taken a very sudden rise, and was overflowing its bank, Dr. rode as fast as possible to secure his ferryboat, but it had already gone, and nothing was to be seen of it. He then, with the assistance of the hired men, hastened to drive up the stock and secure the fences. The stock was got up with difficulty, and some of his fencing was washed away. Such a sudden rise is, I believe, unprecedented, in the known history of this river. It was so low that a person could easily wade across it before this rain It hardly seems possible that one day's rain should make it such a mighty rushing torrent. The rain still continues to fall in heavy showers. We have had no S. school. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Nov. 28. Monday. We still have heavy showers. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 51.) Nov. 29. Tuesday. The day has been cloudy and the night is very rainy. I have attended the Lodge this eve with Emma Herr who called. There was a good attendance. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Nov. 30. Wednesday. Another very rainy day. It seems like the year of the flood. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.) Dec. 1. Thursday. Mrs. Miner and Edith took dinner here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 47.) Dec. 2. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy. This is the last day of school. Dr. was absent and I could not go early to examination. But few visitors were in on account of the weather. The scholars generally did well, and good order was maintained. Dr. has returned from Mok. City, where the ferryboat was found.

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January 1864

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