Delia Locke


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Aug. 8. Wednesday. In Stockton, at the Magnolia. We rose and prepared ourselves to go to the Saloon for our pictures. Just as we were ready, a fire broke out in a small wooden dwelling house near the Magnolia. Fortunately, there was no wind at the time, and two fire-engines arriving quickly at the place, the fire was soon extinguished. The furniture in the house was mostly saved, and only the roof of the house was destroyed. After the excitement of the fire was over, we went to the Saloon, and secured the pictures of all the children before dinner, except the baby's. I left him asleep at the Saloon, in Ada's care, and went to dinner with all the other children. Then leaving Mary to take a nap on the bed, I went again to the picture gallery, and relieved Ada. She went to dinner, and baby and I had our pictures taken. He was very tired, and we tried several times for his picture. After the picture - taking was over, I purchased Ada a hat, and had a black veil put on mine at Mrs. Johnson's. At the Magnolia again, we met John B. Kerr, who boards there. In the evening, our tired senses were lulled to rest by a band of music, playing near. Thus passed a very busy day. Aug. 9. Thursday. This morning we started for home. It was a more pleasant ride than the ride to Stockton. The children enjoyed themselves so well at the Magnolia, that they did not like to leave. There was a swing and a rocking-horse and some little children, with whom they had fine times. Nothing unusual occurred on the road and we arrived home in time for dinner. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 71.) Aug. 10. Friday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Aug. 11. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) Aug. 12. Sabbath. This morning I went to see Mrs. Brown, who is sick of a fever. She is a little better than she has been. This afternoon, we have attended church. Mr. G. preached from the text, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." It was an excellent sermon. Our little children are very tired from their ride. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) Aug. 13. Monday. Weather cloudy and sultry. "Dog days" weather. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 84.) Aug. 14. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 88.) Aug. 15. Wednesday. Mrs. Gorham made a short call. The weather is very warm. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 90.) Aug. 16. Thursday. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 90.) Aug. 17. Friday. A swarm of bees came out today. We think we have never known them to swarm so late in the season before. Probaby the excessive warm weather has induced them to it. But a few of the hives swarmed in the spring, and a piece of buckwheat being planted for them this summer, they have made more honey of late, and have been doing very well. (T.S.R. 77. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 85.) Aug. 18. Saturday. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 78.) Aug. 19. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. After it was out, I called to see Mrs. Kett. She is not well. Mr. Kett and Emma are also sick. They hope all are beginning to mend. Willard is now nine months old, and weighs eighteen pounds. He is the fourth in size, as was Ida, Ada and Mary being smaller. He is as backward as Mary about teething, as he has no teeth at all. He seems well, and rolls around on the floor, but shows no disposition to creep. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 84.) Aug. 20. Monday. Mrs. Andrews has visited me today, and with her husband took tea with us. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 83.) Aug. 21. Tuesday. The Lodge of Good Templars met again in the Hall for the first time for perhaps a year and a half. They have at last decided that the Schoolhouse is not a fitting place to meet in. And those who were the most active in moving it there, are now out of the order. It was not the stand by members who wished to change the place. The Lodge is now in a healthy condition. S. Diddle is W. C. T. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 74.) Aug. 22. Wednesday. Mrs. Peter Moore called here. She is circulating a Subscription Paper to raise funds to buy Rev. Mr. Oliver a horse to ride on, when he comes to preach. I gave her two and one-half dollars. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 82.)

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January 1866

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