Delia Locke


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in Gall's saloon eating strawberries and resting ourselves, and it was eve. We took seats early at the square where the fireworks were erected, and had a good view of them. They closed at half-past nine, and the evening was so bright and pleasant that though we had not intended to do so, we slate for home leaving Hannd behind and arrived here at half-past twelve. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) July 5. Wednesday. Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Miner called for a short time this forenoon. Mrs. A.'s boy is fat and healthy. The weather is cloudy. Mr. Gorham took tea here. He has bought the Locke ford House and is cleaning and fitting it up. He says he shall not bring up his wife till he has one room cleaned, at least. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) July 6. Thursday. Mary is now fifteen months old and weighs but seventeen pounds and has but eight teeth. So she is smaller and has fewer teeth than either of the others. She now crawls all over the house, and stands by things a little. She calls "ma ma", when she wants me and rocks in my chair and says "by, by." Mr. Brakeman has finished the bricks walls of the house. He has been nearly three months about it. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 68.) July 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 64.) July 8. Saturday. Mrs. Wm. Smith called here, this afternoon, also Mrs. Baird. After supper, I rode down in the field with the Dr. to look at the crops. It is the first time this year that I have seen them. The corn and grain are very rank, but the weeds trouble the grain very much. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 72.) July 9. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Mary is so restless that I find I shall be obliged to leave her at home on the Sabbath till she is better. She will not sit still in my arms. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 75.) July 10. Monday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 64.) July 11. Tuesday. The weather is uncommonly cool for this month. I have visited the school this forenoon. I was well pleased with it. The order was excellent. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.) July 12. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 69.) July 13. Thursday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 65.) July 14. Friday. The weather is cloudy - remarkable weather for July. Mr. C. C. Rynerson called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) July 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.) July 16. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. We have been to church leaving the baby with Howaid. Mr. Guernsey preached from Gen. 3. 9. "Where art thou?" He suggested many solemn inquiries which it would be well for each of us to ask ourselves with respect to our spiritual condition with reference to the future. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) July 17. Monday. This morning we had a little rain, very fine drops, and it did not wet much. Susie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 64.) July 18. Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Moore and Emma called this forenoon for a short time. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) July 19. Wednesday. Our third child - Howard - is today six years old. I see that he is the tallest and heaviest of the three. He is three feet - nine inches in height and weighs forty nine pounds, more even than Ada does at this time. He is very active and mischievous, and not so much to be depended upon as the others were. Resolute and daring, he needs watchful care that he may not run into danger. He reads well in the first reader (Willson's) and has nearly learned the Multiplication table. He also writes in a writing book under Miss Bigelow's care. He recites one or two verses in the Testament at Sunday school each week. He has a natural talent for making fun and is generally very good natured. He has also a talent for music. He will probably much resemble his father. He has not shed any of his first teeth yet. This morning he fired a gem six times which his father loaded. This afternoon I have been to the store and Mrs. Kett's. Addie is recovering slowly. She has had a severe attack of fever. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) July 20. Thursday. Hannah dined here. She is visiting the school. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.)

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January 1865

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