Delia Locke


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who is the school teacher in the Poland District, and I am to teach them to the girls. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 71.) Apr. 25. Wednesday. The girls came here to recite their prices for May Day. Addie Kett is to be the Queen, Louisa Cahill is to crown her, and Ada is to present to her the scepter. When they had recited the prices Ada went to walk a part of the way with them After a while, Mrs. Kett returned with Ada looking quite excited. It seems that as they passed Mr. Holman's, Mary assaulted them, kicking and sticking, her pretext being that they had insulted her. She tore Ada's shaker bonnet nearly to prices. Both Mr. & Mrs. Kett interfered, but Mary insulted them both. Mrs. Kett then went to Mrs. Holman, who took the matter very quietly. The fact is, she has lost her government over Mary, and hardly attempts to control her. Mary is truly "a hard case." (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 60.) Apr. 26. Thursday. Cold weather. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.) Apr. 27. Friday. That a remarkable and sudden change in the weather! On Tuesday the thermometer stood at 93°, this morning (Friday) there was a frost that killed our beans, which were 6 or 8 in high, and injured the potatoes, corn and tomatoes. Susie has visited me today. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.) Apr. 28. Saturday. Mrs. Geo. Rogers called this P.M (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 58.) Apr. 29. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today as usual. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 63.) Apr. 30. Monday. The morning was cold and rainy, and the day cloudy - unpromising weather for May Parties Both Mrs. Kett and Susie called on May Party business. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 57.) May 1. Tuesday. This morning dawned, and O sad disappointment it was rainy. Some of the military met here and decided to postpone the Party until tomorrow Mrs. Hendrix came to the Party and so dined here, also Father and Mother, Clara and Johnny and they left the food here, which they cooked for the table. Susie and her children have been here this afternoon, and we have been over to the May Grounds, and heard Addie and Ada recite their prices. Louisa was not there. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 55.) May 2. Wednesday. The weather was cool and cloudy today, but on the whole we thought it as favorable as any we could have for the May Party. At an early hour the Military assembled, and escorted a procession of children and others around the streets and to the May Grounds. The first item in the programme was the crowning of the May Queen which was performed satisfactorily. Then came a Speech from Rev. Mr. Oliver - a smart speech many would call it, but it was a political speech, which I did not expect. After this, the well filled dinner table were relieved of their burdens, and all had an opportunity to be satisfied in that respect. After this came target shooting for prizes, and Mr. Doom took the first prize a watch. Mrs. Heath came here in the morning before the exercises commenced, sick, and had a chill. I left the babe at home, and Susie left her baby boy here. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 57.) May 3. Thursday. Cold and windy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) May 4. Friday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 49.) May 5. Saturday Cold and clear. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) May 6. Sabbath. We have attended church today. Mr. Guernsey preached from Jr. 8. 22. "I there no balm in Gilead etc. He spoke of the analogy between diseased of the body and soul, and of the affects of sin-sickness upon the soul, and then pointed us to the great Physician of souls. It was a good sermon. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 61.) May 7. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) May 8. Tuesday. Mrs. Tower was here in the afternoon. Mrs. Read and children have come on a visit from San Francisco and Susie has brought her and Hannah up in a wagon from Mother's. Susie left her children here while etc. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.)

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January 1866

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