Delia Locke


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I sometimes put her on the floor. When going to sleep she makes a socking motion on her back. Her gums have been swollen for a month but no teeth appear as yet. Her hair is beginning to grow. A cold wind is blowing (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 7. Saturday. This eve we have had a meeting of the Division. Not much business was transacted as it is about to be suspended Most of the time was spent in eating pop corn and playing A cold wind is still blowing. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 8. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school. About noon the Dr. arrived home from San Francisco. At night he left again for Mok. City. If the weather is favorable, navigation will doubtless go on briskly on the river. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 9. Monday. Misses Derby and Campbell left this morning for San Francisco. They have been trying for a long time to get situations there as teachers and now they have succeeded. I cannot say that I like or respect them any more for that. They were both expected to continue on with their schools and have caused much disappointment by not doing so. I have called on Mrs. Hohlman. She has a baby girl, three weeks old. I also went to the store and to Mother's. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 10. Tuesday. Hannah and Miss White have visited me this afternoon. Miss White received a photograph of her niece, with which she was delighted. She and I have attended the Lodge this eve with the Dr. There was a small attendance. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) Jan. 11. Wednesday. The weather is cloudy. Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Norton called with her children. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Jan. 12. Thursday. This eve we have attended a meeting of the Soldiers' Aid Society in the Hall. We had a good attendance and a lively time. Mother, Susie and I furnished provisions and set a table, and all seemed to enjoy it. James Hohlman tried to sell a dancing negro at auction, but as it was contrary to the feelings of most of the members to trade in that kind of stock, he did not go very well. The meeting did not close till half past 11. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) 1865 Jan. 13. Friday. Susie is now twenty six years old. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 14. Saturday. The body of Mr. Wilson's child has been recovered. It had sunk near the spot where it was drowned, and was thickly covered with sand. They buried it today by the side of its sister at the churchyard. It must be a little comfort to its parents to know where its body is. I do pity its mother. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Jan. 15. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached from Luke 10. 42. "One thing is needful." etc. His statements were. Religion is needed by all, It can never be taken away. Its possession depends upon the choice. It was a very good sermon. I wish more could have heard it. Our meeting was in the schoolhouse. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Jan. 16. Monday. Weather foggy and cloudy. Mrs. Rogers called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 44.) Jan. 17. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy. We have attended the Lodge this eve. We have today received sad news from Franklin. He writes that as Mother L. was riding alone in her carriage near the railroad, the cars came along and frightened her horse so that she was thrown out. The train stopped and picked her up. She was carried insensible to the nearest house, which was Wd. Albee's, and a telegraphic dispatch sent to Franklin. He came up and had her removed home. It had been ten days since the accident when he wrote, and she had not recovered her senses. She was severely bruised, and probably hurt on the head. The loss of the reason is the greatest loss a person can suffer, even worse, as I think, than death itself. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 18. Wednesday. Weather still foggy and cloudy. The Division has held its last meeting this eve. I was not well enough to attend it. They have disposed of most of their property and resigned their charter. Thus doth the old surrender to the new. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Jan. 19. Thursday. Weather continues foggy & cloudy. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Jan. 20. Friday. This morning the fog amounted to almost a rain, but it did not disperse the clouds. The sun does not shine. Dr. is wishing it would rain, for navigation purposes, as the river is so low the steamer cannot safely come up. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.)

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January 1865

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