Delia Locke


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June 7. Wednesday. I have spent the day at mother's. This is the first time I have been into the house since Mrs. Staples lived in it. It is so much attend in looks by the flood, moving, and hard usage that I should not know it was the same house. It was so very dirty that both Mother and Hannah have grown poor in cleaning it, and they have not yet finished. Susie and children, Misses Derby and Campbell were also there today. Between two and three o'clock, the steamer Alta, Capt. Brad bury, passed on its way up the river. We went to the bank of the river and saw it pass. It is a stern wheel boat. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 75.) June 8. Thursday. Hannah called this morn. This evening was held the monthly meeting of the Soldier's Aid Society at the Harmony Grove Schoolhouse, rightly named this time, for the people there were very harmonious in their opposition to the meeting. Not one of them appeared to represent the district. The Locke ford and Alpine delegation composed the meeting, and, by their own witness, enjoyed themselves well. It was there voted to levy no dress upon members after the 16th of May. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) June 9. Friday. Mrs. Isaac Harrow called this eve. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 73.) June 10. Saturday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 75.) June 11. Sabbath. I have attended S. school with the children this morn. The attendance was unusually small. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 71.) June 12. Monday. Barbara Day called this morn. School commenced with Miss Bigelow for the teacher, and Luther, Ada and Howard attend. This afternoon I have called on Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Baird. I think they are both pleasant neighbors. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 71.) June 13. Tuesday. Susie and Hannah have been today circulating a paper, which we got up, for Mr. Guernsey's benefit. The people are to make him a surprise party on Thursday eve. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 76.) June 14. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) June 15. Thursday. We have had green pear for dinner today, and new potatoes for a week. This eve, they have made Mr. Guernsey the surprise party. I could not go but Dr. went. A purse of nearly fifty dollars was presented to him by Susie in behalf of the people of Lockeford, and Father gave besides a ton of hay. Ford was carried and a table set, the fragments being left there. Mr. Guernsey was so surprised he could hardly collect his thought to reply to them. He well deserves these gifts. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 60.) June 16. Friday. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.) June 17. Saturday. This day I have spent at Susie's. Have had a pleasant visit. Miss Derby and Miss Campbell were desirous I should visit there before they left. We visited the slum borers at the cemetery, as Susie calls the little enclosure where Elmer, Mr. Nims and Aunt Hannah to buried. Susie has planted flowers there, but they need great care in order to flourish in such a dry place. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 82.) June 18. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached with more than his usual clearness and interest, and the school house was filled with his listeners. His text was in the first chapter of Is. "Come now and let us reason together, "saith God." At 4 o'clock, there was a meeting for those to receive their diplomas who were entitled to them from Father Waugh, Luther, Howard and Ada received each one. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 83.) June 19. Monday. This is the warmest day we have had this year. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 84.) June 20. Tuesday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 86. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 76.) June 21. Wednesday. Father is now half a century old. We were all invited to Mother's today and went, though I felt too unwell with the headache to do so. Father's descendants seventeen in number were all present, as also were Mr. Kett's family, Mr. Shaw, Father Locke, James and John Reed, Miss Derby and Miss Campbell. thirty people in all. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.)

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January 1865

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