Delia Locke


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July 13. Friday. As the weather is so warm the funeral was appointed for today at three o'clock. This forenoon, Josiah and Mr. Buchanan arrived from Stockton. Mr. Fay dressed Grandpa in his best clothes and laid him in his coffin. The Post Office is dressed in crape and the flag hung at half mast. A hundred or more people attended the funeral, which considering the short notice allowed, we think is a large number. Mr. Buchanan preached from Dan, last verse. We have laid him to rest between Elmer and Aunt Hannah, there to lie until called forth by the sound of the archangel trumpet. He has gone where "the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest." Mr. Buchanan was here to dinner and tea, but has now gone to Geo. Locke's. The house seems very lonely tonight. We can hardly realize that our aged father has gone from us never more to return. But so it is, and the things of earth can never more oppress him. He was always so troubled if he heard the word "universal" used. He said it was a profane word, and no reasoning could convince him to the contrary. But eve. in his funeral sermon it could be and was used without offending him. Happy is here whose warfare is accomplished and whose sins are pardoned, yea, evermore happy. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 77.) July 14. Saturday. This forenoon, I started out to get some one to make me a black dress. I called on Mrs. Smith but she could not do it, then on Mrs. Sabin and finally on Mrs. Baker, who is to make it. O how still and lonely the house seems today! what an aching word in the heart the removal of a friend causes! But of him we must say, "It is well." (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 15. Sabbath. We have attended church. Mr. Guernsey preached from Job. 14. 14. If a man die, shall he live", etc. and alluded to Father Locke in his sermon. Since meeting I have written the sad news to his wife. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) July 16. Monday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 83.) July 17. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 87.) July 18. Wednesday. Warmest day. (T.S.R. 66. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 89.) July 19. Thursday. Howard today completes his seventh year. He is the largest child of the three, weighing fifty five pounds and measuring three feet and eleven inches in height. In his studies he is backward as compared with Luther and Ada, but not for lack of natural endowments, as he is quick to learn. But we blame ourselves for not keeping him at home a gear longer than we did, under Mama's training, instead of sending him to school. He does not know the Multiplication Table as well as he did a year ago, and cannot read much better, though he now reads in the Second Reader (Willson's). In spelling and composing he is quick and ready, and gained the prize last term in his class for the same. He has also written several letters to friends in the East, and is now to commence a Daily Journal. He is full of life and plans for the future and is generally very good natured. If he commits a fault, he readily owns it, and does not retain anger like many children, but is soon laughing again as merrily as ever. In habit, he is careless and forgetful, but I trust he is improving a little in this respect. He has now four permanent teeth, two more than Luther and two less than Ada. He milks three cows regularly night and morning Willard is today eight mos. old and weighs eighteen pounds. He has gained but a half pound since a month ago, has no teeth and does not seem to improve much. He is now quite sick, and has a very fore month. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 77.) July 20. Friday. I have today written to Aunt Abbott an account of Grandpa's sickness and death. I have also called on Mrs. Brown, who lives on our orchard hill. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 77.) July 21. Saturday. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 22. Sabbath. I have not attended S. school today. I am not well. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) July 23. Monday. Last night we had thunder, this morning a little rain. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.)

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January 1866

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