Delia Locke


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July 21. Friday. Mary is quite sick with her teething trouble. She is thin and pale, grows thinner and paler each day has but little appetite and cries a great deal. We think she will soon have four double teeth though. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 87.) July 22. Saturday. Mrs. Miner called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 87.) July 23. Sabbath. Mary is so feeble I did not feel justified in leaving her to attend the S. school, but the others all went except Ida. Mr. Curry preached in the evening at the school house, but for the some reason I could not attend that meeting. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 84.) July 24. Monday. A new billiard saloon has just been erected near Mr. Kett's house, and close to Mr. Holman's new store, just going up, and it was dedicated yesterday (the Sabbath) and filled with gamblers and drinkers though the day, and some of them played cards all night, among whom were Messrs. Cahill and Brooks. Today, the Brookfield men and Mr. Bruce got quarreling over a game of cards, and the matter not being settled when they left the Saloon, two of the Brookfield man struck Mr. Bruce with a wagon spoke and big stick, I suppose, and cut his head badly in three places. He was quite drunk, and all had liquor. Dr. was called to dress the wound, and he advised Mr. Bruce not to go home, as he feared inflammation night set in on account of the heat of the weather, but Mr. Bruce being yet drunk enough to be foolish, would not listen to advice, and went home. A nice history this for the new saloon. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 94. S.S. 78.) July 25. Tuesday. Mr. Flanders called this afternoon. Hannah has gone to Susie's to help her in drying and canning fruit. Mrs. Rogers has spent the afternoon here and staid to tea. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 81.) July 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 86.) July 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) July 28. Friday. We are now having the warm weather of the season. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 80.) July 29. Saturday. The primary election for electing delegates to the Union County Convention has been held here today and Fred. Staples had the audacity to appear as a Candidate. He was not elected, however. The fortunate gentleman were, Messrs. Curry, Doom, Holman, Metcalf, Kett, and Ralphe. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) July 30. Sabbath. We have all attended church today except Ada and Mary. Mr. Guernsey preached. His remarks were founded upon the parable of the Pharisee and publican. He thought the Pharisee ought to be commended for all the good things he did, but said his sin consisted in trusting in these good deeds for a little to heaven. He condemned pride of place, color or position in life, especially of whites when comparing themselves with negroes. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 82.) July 31. Monday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) Aug. 1. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Aug. 2. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 63.) Aug. 3. Thursday. This afternoon I have visited the school. The order is good, and the scholars are learning well in spelling and writing, but in other things I think they show themselves deficient. The teacher works hard and teaches them to the best of her ability, but what she needs is a system of through training on the subject. After school I called on Mrs. Miner, found her quite well, and she went with me to call on Mrs. Gorham. We found Mrs. Gorham in bed quite sick, with the prospect of a settled fever. She is so deaf we could not talk much with her. They have fitted up the rooms to look new and nice, and have endeavored to clean up some of the filth which has gathered there during the past year. Mr. Dillon leaves near the schoolhouse. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) Aug. 4. Friday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Aug. 5. Saturday. Susie dined with us. This afternoon has been the school meeting for the election of a trustee, to fill the place of Geo. Rogers, whose time now expires. Mr. Cahill wanted the office, and

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January 1865

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