Delia Locke


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Feb. 27. Monday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy. Geo. Lippe left one of our horses at Camanche and another at Camps Seco, and he and Luther have been up to get them. They brought home one, but the other is unable to come as get. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 28. Tuesday. The wind has blown hard today and the morning was rainy. This eve we have had a Lodge meeting but the weather was uncomfortably cold. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 43.) Mar. 1. Wednesday. We have had singular weather today, although it is the first day of Spring. This forenoon we had the hardest snowstorm I have ever seen since I came to this state ending in a rain. The afternoon was cloudy, and in the eve we had hail enough to make the ground white. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 41. S.S. 39.) Mar. 2. Thursday. Hannah has been here this afternoon, also Mrs. Flanders called. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 40.) Mar. 3. Friday. The weather is cloudy. Hannah and I have been to collect the delinquent money for the Soldiers' Aid Society. We got two dollars and twenty cents. Every one that we asked paid us. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Mar. 4. Saturday. The morning was rainy. Abraham Lincoln again resumes his duties as President for another four years. We hope that ere he again leaves his position this bloody war will terminate. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Mar. 5. Sabbath. We have had S. school today as usual. I attended and came home with a sick headache. This eve Mr. Curry preached in the schoolhouse, but I did not feel able to attend. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.) Mar. 6. Monday. Mary is now eleven months old, I am happy to report progress with reference to her. She is the third in size, Ada, Horace and Ida being smaller. She weighs nineteen and one-half pounds. She now has one tooth and that is all. She sits on the floor a great deal but cannot creep. In this respect as well as teething, she is the most backward of the six. She can stand in the corner a little, and plays with toys very well. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 7. Tuesday. As I was busy washing, Mr. & Mrs. Flood and two children, Mrs. Geo, Flood and Mrs. Noah Flood with little "Tilly" came and staid till after dinner. I walked over to Mother's with Fanny and Mary as they are called This eve we have attended the Lodge. Five members took the Degrees and the meeting did not close until a quarter to twelve. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 8. Wednesday. I have been very busy today writing letters for the Post Office we are to have at our next meeting of the Soldiers' Aid Society. I have written fifteen letters. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 9. Thursday. The Soldier's Aid Society met in the Hall this evening, and we had a good attendance, Mr. Holman and Emma were there and he made some good remarks. Ada read a price, Luther spoke one, and Addie and Emma Kett sang a song with their father. Hannah and I sang twice with Mr. Kett and he sang twice alone. We sold our letters in the Post-office and three dollars were received therefor. One letter directed to George Locke was sold at Auction and bought by Mr. Holman for fifty cents. It was then read aloud and created great amusement. Receipts of the evening 10. 25. Thirteen ladies were present. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Mar. 10. Friday. Hannah and Josephine Foster called this forenoon. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.) Mar. 11. Saturday. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M 64. S.S. 59.) Mar. 12. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and a little misty rain has been falling. We have been to hear Mr. Guernsey preach at the schoolhouse. His text was from John 14. 6. “I am the way and the truth and the life." His sermon was a good one. More than 40 people were present. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Mar. 13. Monday. The weather is still cloudy. This afternoon I have rode with Dr. to see Mr. E. Bryant’s new brick house, on the other side of the river. It is forty five feet long by eighteen wide, with stairs going up on the outside, not such a house as we want, but a very showy house, with a piazza on two sides. Mrs. Bryant was formerly Mrs. T. B. Parker. We came home by way of Geo. Lippe's house and got a sheep. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.)

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January 1865

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