Delia Locke


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Men are going down tomorrow to try and get it up, and we have been busy cooking this eve for them to carry with them. They will go in a small boat. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Dec. 3. Saturday. Weather cloudy. We have had a Degree meeting of the Lodge this eve and I with E. P. and P. L. Megerle and Clara Flanders, have taken the first Degree. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Dec. 4. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. I could not attend the S. school today. Dr. is absent at Mokelumne City. They are getting up the ferry-boat very slowly. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 59.) Dec. 5. Monday. Still cloudy weather. Hannah spent the evening with me. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 60.) Dec. 6. Tuesday. The Day has been cloudy and the night is very rainy I have attended the Lodge this eve, with Emma Kerr who called. Mary is now eight months old and weighs the same as Ada did - sixteen pounds. She is now gaining finely, has a good appetite and appears to digest the milk well. I think she will soon be a healthy child. She has been so delicate that she has not learned to stand on her feet or to sit alone. She has no teeth as yet talks to herself in her baby way and is pretty quiet. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 59.) Dec. 7. Wednesday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Dec. 8. Thursday. Still cloudy. Messrs. Curry and Nicholas dined here. The men have concluded to abandon the idea of getting up the ferry boat until the steamer comes and tows her up. Dr.'s cough is so bad that he is almost sick and neither of us can attend the Soldiers' Aid Society at Mr. Heath's. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Dec. 9. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Dec. 10. Saturday. The weather is yet cloudy. Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Magee and Mrs. Bragg have called this afternoon. Hannah has spent the evening here. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 11. Sabbath. The weather has been cloudy and rainy. I have attended the S. school with the children. We had a small attendance. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Dec. 12. Monday. A very rainy day. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Dec. 13. Tuesday. Still raining. The river is over flowing its banks and wide streams are running across the bottoms. The road to Stockton is almost impassable. Hannah has been over and taken a boat ride with Dr. Luther and Ada. In the Lodge this evening Messrs. Cahill and Vance joined. We hope they will now be ever temperate. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Dec. 14. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Dec. 15. Thursday. Weather still cloudy. I have been to the store and to Mother's, taking Ida with me. We have attended the meeting of the Soldiers' A. Society in the Hall this eve. Although the weather was so unfavorable, yet we had a pretty good attendance, and five dollars was realized from the sale of James Holman's old hat, which was set up at auction and bought successively by every man in the room. Mr. Kett enlivened the company by singing songs, and we had quite a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 16. Friday. The day has been cloudy and rainy and a little hail has fallen. The outside world unpleasant, but very pleasant at home. Today our dear Ada completes her seventh year. She is neither so tall or heavy as Luther was, but comes pretty nearly to that mark. She weighs forty six pounds, and measures three feet, eight and one-half inches. She is very forward in work and study. She and Luther are now reading in the Sargents' Third Reader and have recited as far as the last miscellaneous examples in Colburn’s Arithmetic. They have studied Geography a little, and written several letters to friends. They can write fairly for children of their ages. Ada is a very useful little girl. She has sewed twenty five squares of patch work, can wash and iron the baby towels quite neatly, knows how to crochet the plain stitch, milks and takes good care of the baby. She has quite a talent for singing and learns a time very readily. As a general thing, she is very willing and obedient, and is what we call a womanly child. She has six permanent teeth, Luther had but two. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Dec. 17. Saturday. A very cold wind has been blowing today. In the Division this eve, the members voted to surrender the chater when five years are completed which will be on Jan. 18th next. Much time was occupied in discussing the question, and

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January 1864

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