Delia Locke


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May 9. Wednesday. Mr. B. Burt came here unexpectedly from Dry town today, stopped to tea and all night. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 73.) May 10. Thursday. Mr. Burt left us after dinner in company with Geo. Locke, for Sacraments. Geo, also dime here. (T.S.R 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 64.) May 11. Friday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) May 12. Saturday. I have visited at Susie's today. Mrs. Read and children were there Had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 60.) May 13. Sabbath. I have attended S. school today. The children of the school with Susie and I for teachers and Grandpa Locke for Superintendent constituted the entire attendance today. Dr. cannot go when I do, unless some of the children are kept in charge, and we desire all the children to attend when they are well. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) May 14. Monday. I have been out making calls. I have called on Mrs. Tower, Taylor, Hoxie and Gorham Mrs. Tower and Taylor both live in our large house and I have never called on them before. Mrs. Hoxie has a young babe, and is now putty well. Mrs. Gorham has been quite sick, and is better. Mr. Fay commenced work as Clark in the Store, and boards here. He is from Holliston, Mass, a consumptive, trying to regain his health. We think it doubtful it he is ever well again. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 67.) May 15. Tuesday. Mrs. Read and Susie came in the afternoon (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) May 16. Wednesday. Roland is today twenty four years old. Mrs. Read and children have been here most of the day. She wished to visit Mrs. Sabin and went there for the purpose with her children, but the weather was so uncomfortably warm, and her children so fretful, that she cut her visit very short Lojje cried much and pretended to be sick, but when they got back here, she seemed as well as ever. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 81.) May 17. Thursday. This morning. Mrs. Read went over to Mrs. Sabin's very early. I did not know her errand then but afterwards learned that she went there to engage Mrs. Sabin to take her and the children to Stockton Mrs. Sabin, however, could not go Mrs. Read did not sleep much last night. It was very warm, and she sat up in the end of the bed and fanned herself, jumping out every few minutes to worry over Lizzie, who she insisted, was growing very sick. "If she should be very sick so far from home, what could she do?" This was the thought she seemed to dwell on, and she was so uncomfortable, and so sensitive to the least disquiet on the part of the children that it seemed best for her to go. She wished Dr. to take her to Mr. Andrews which he did. Arriving there, and finding no means of conveyance father, she would have remained there, but Lizzie cried so much and begged "O mother, take me home." that Mrs. Read engaged Mrs. Andrews to drive our horse and buggy to Stockton for her. What a load for one poor horse - five persons and so much baggage on such a warm day! About noon, the weather suddenly changed, and a cool breeze sprung up to refresh us. It was also a little cloudy. Mrs. Sabin came in to learn if Mrs. Read had gone. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 66.) May 18. Friday. Still cooler. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 65.) May 19. Saturday. Baby is now six months old. We have at last decided to call him William Willard, which was the name of the Dr.'s maternal grand father. He is the fourth in size, weighing sixteen and one-half pounds, the girls all being smaller. He has no teeth, but begins to use his hands, Clara has been here this morn. She has had an operation on her lower jaw for the removal of the diseased bone, by Dr. Clark of Stockton. She has now no teeth except the upper teeth. He says it will soon heal up now (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) May 20. Sabbath. I have attended S. school. Susie was not there. Her babe is sick. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 59.)

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January 1866

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