Delia Locke


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Feb. 9. Thursday. Mr. Davis left after breakfast. I have been quite unwell all day, but as the Soldier's Aid Society met in the Hall this eve, the friends could hardly take a denial from me to attend, so go I must and did. There was a good attendance and a good interest. Messrs. Kett and Good win sang songs, Luther spoke a little piece and Ada read one from a paper. Ada had made four pin-balls which she wished to give to the "soldiers" and they were sold at auction for ninety cents. So she was pleased and satisfied. Mother and I contributed a supper which was well enjoyed. The recepts of the evening were $10.75. The only condition on which the children were allowed to go was that they should do something to interest the meeting. This they were willing and anxious to do. It is a favorite idea with the Dr. that every one who goes to meeting should be ready if called upon to do their part to interest others. In this way all would be interested. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Feb. 10. Friday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Feb. 11. Saturday. Very pleasant. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Feb. 12. Sabbath. We have attended church today at the schoolhouse. Mr. Guernsey preached from Is. 53. 1. "Who hath believed our report?" etc. He spoke of the characters of the reporters and reports, that the testimony could be relied on as strictly true, and there was nothing which was not of infinite importance to each of us. The sustaining arm of the Lord will be revealed to every believer especially at death. In the afternoon John Reed, Hannah and Clara came and we had a good sing, Hannah and I playing the Eolian (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50.) Feb. 13. Monday. Weather cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.) Feb. 14. Tuesday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. However, we have attended the Lodge meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Feb. 15. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy with a little rain. Messrs. Smith Andrews and Simpson dined here. Dr. has gone with seven teams to Central Ferry to take gods from Steamer Pert, to be delivered at West Point. Freighting is not very pleasant business at this season, and feed for horses and men so very high. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Feb. 16. Thursday. The weather continues the same as it has been, cloudy with a little rain. I learn tonight that Dr. is laid up with rheumatism at Central Ferry. The steamer is not up to the landing and they are waiting. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Feb. 17. Friday. Weather still cloudy. I have been to the store, to mother's and to Mrs. Harrer's. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Feb. 18. Saturday. We have had heavy showers today. Dr. and the teams arrived home. There are thirty one horses here tonight. Dr. is better of his rheumatism. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Feb. 19. Sabbath. The morning was cold and rainy. Dr. and teams were under the necessity of starting on their trip to the mines. This was exceedingly regretted by us. I did not feel able to go in the wet to S. school, so I did not go, but sent the children (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 45.) Feb. 20. Monday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 45.) Feb. 21. Tuesday. I have attended the meeting of the Lodge this eve. Our officers were installed. Robt Taylor was appointed D. Deputy. I was installed as W. V. T. and Earnest Megerle was elected and installed W. C. T. Weather very cold. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 39.) Feb. 22. Wednesday. The S. A. Society met at Mr. Geo. Rogers' but I could not attend as Dr. was absent. Miss White and Mrs. Kett called on their way to that place. Windy weather. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 47.) Feb. 23. Thursday. The wind blows hard today. Mrs. Rogers called this morn on her way to attend Susie's quilting. I am detained at home on account of Dr.'s absence. Rev. Mr. Curry dined here. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 50.) Feb. 24. Friday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Feb. 25. Saturday. Geo. Thomason took dinner with us. Geo. Lippe comes tonight and Dr. is not far off, though he will not reach home. They have had hard and cold trip. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Feb. 26. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached from Rev. 22. 17. "Come," etc. When we reached home we found Dr. here, having just arrived from the mines. He was too weary to come to meeting, he said. There has been snow where they have been, at West Point, to the depth of six inches. The cold weather has nearly used up horses and men. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.)

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January 1865

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