Delia Locke


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Jan. 22. Monday. Still cloudy weather. We woke this morn. to witness a sight which we have not so seen for four years. The bottom is entirely under water. Nothing is to be seen but the tops of the fences trees and our levee, which is still standing, though broken at each end, This blood ranks next in importance to that of 62. This morning, Hannah and Eliza called. This afternoon Mrs. Rogers called. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 23. Tuesday. As the weather is still cloudy and has been unpleasant ever since school commenced, they have decided to suspend the same for two weeks. This evening, Miss Mills and Mrs. Gorham made us a pleasant call. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Jan. 24. Wednesday. The morning was a little rainy, the rest of the day cloudy. Most of the bottom is bare again, the water having sunk in. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Jan. 25. Thursday. The morning was cloudy, but the day has been pleasant. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 26. Friday. Morning again cloudy. Mrs. Rogers called. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 50.) Jan. 27. Saturday. Another cloudy morning. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 28. Sabbath. Still cloudy in the morning. The time of the S. school has been changed to two o'clock to allow persons to attend the preaching of Mr. Oliver to the Brick Church at eleven, I am not yet able to go out. Mrs. Miner, Clara Flanders and Mr. Howard have called on us this evening. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 29. Monday. Morning still cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 30. Tuesday. Another cloudy morning A Mr. Smith, with a washing machine is here. He has washed for us today. His machine the Dashaway is an excellent one. He is also making soft soap. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M.57. S.S. 53.) Jan. 31. Wednesday. Foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 1. Thursday. I have been out visiting today for the first time since my sickness. Mother came in a wagon and said she was going to Susie's and wished me to go with her. I had been wishing to go and see how Elmer was, for he has been quite sick, so I went with Mother. When we arrived there, we found Elmer much better, and Susie wished us to stay and visit, so I came back and got the baby and went again. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Feb. 2. Friday. The morning was foggy, the night is rainy. I have written to Mother Locke today-quite an uncommon occurrence now a days. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 3. Saturday. Weather cloudy and rainy. We seem to have no settled weather except rainy and cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 53.) Feb. 4. Sunday. I have been to the S. school today for the first time in nearly three months. After wards. I went to see Mrs. John Smith, who is sick. Luther went with me, also Ida. We found her sitting up, but weak. She has had so much trouble in her head, that her friends feared she would be deranged. She seems to be getting better. She thinks she has worked too hard. She has much anxiety about her Willie, who is wayward and mischievous. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Feb. 5. Monday. I have this morning sent to the Youth's Companion Office a list of new subscribers obtained by Luther and Ada, five new ones and three old ones. They expect to receive prize for the same as promised by the publishers. Mr. Smith (Swede) washed for us with his machine. The night is rainy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Feb. 6. Tuesday. Mary is today twenty two mos. old and weighs twenty four pounds. She does not gain in weight but she is as large as Ada and Horace were. In teething and talking however, she is more backward than either of the others, as she has but fourteen teeth and speaks only a few words. Within the past month she has learned to walk, and now walks all the time. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.)

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January 1866

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