Delia Locke


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Sept. 10. Monday. The threshing is progressing. Luther bucks the straw and fills the place of a man, though butter and a half years old. Our cook is complaining of a sore arm, which looks erysipelas - like. I have been obliged to take Ah Loon from the field to fill the place of a cook. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.) Sept. 11. Tuesday. The threshers are still here ,and Ah Chow still sick. Ah Loon is the cook, a poor apology for the same. I have to help much. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Sept. 12. Wednesday. Mrs. Gorham and Mrs. Taylor called, and went out to see the threshing. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) Sept. 13. Thursday. The threshers finished their work about 8 A.M. and went to Geo. Locke's. Mrs. Barton and Mrs. Dillon called to get some preaches and sell some bead collars. Ah Loon is sick today, and as Ah Chow has gone to Camanche, I have been obliged to cook. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 73.) Sept. 14. Friday. Mrs. Hoxie called in the forenoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 69.) Sept. 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Sept. 16. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school. Mother is still in Stockton with Clara, who has had the erysipelas in her face, where the eat was sewed up. They are boarding at the Magnolia. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.) Sept. 17. Monday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Sept. 18. Tuesday. Mr. Diddle dined with us. We have attended the Lodge this eve. E. Gibbons was initiated. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.) Sept. 19. Wednesday. Willard is today ten months old and is the third in size, weighing eighteen pounds, only Luther and Howard weighing more. In teething he is as backward as Mary was, having no teeth as yet. But he is very well and has a ravenous appetite. I nurse him, but my milk is not sufficient for him, so I take him to the table and feed him. He is the youngest one fed at the table. He sits on the floor but does not creep. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 74.) Sept. 20. Thursday. A little cloudy. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) Sept. 21. Friday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 79.) Sept. 22. Saturday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 84.) Sept. 23. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school. I was the teacher of the girls class and Dr. of the boys' class, none of the other teachers being present. Mr. Guernsey was expected to preach, but did not come. There has been an uncomfortable wind blowing today. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 75.) Sept. 24. Monday. School commenced today with Bro. Josiah as teacher. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 77.) Sept. 25. Tuesday. We have today received a letter from Franklin relative to Father Locke's death, and the administration of the estate, whereby we perceive that someone (which must be of necessity Geo. or Susie) has been writing very unpleasant as well as very untruthful stories about Dr.'s course in the matter. It has filled me with sorrow to know that this is the case, though we have long suspected it. Dr. once spoke to his Father one the subject (last spring, I think) and he said he had not complained of us, and knew nothing of it. Therefore it is not difficult for us to trace such letters to their authors. I sat down and wrote a letter in reply, but presume I shall not send it, though justice would seem to call for the same. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 79.) Sept. 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) Sept. 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 75.) Sept. 28. Friday. I went to the store today, also called on Mrs. Gorham. Mrs. Taylor was there. An artist who takes ambrotypes and photographs has stationed a tent by the back side of the tavern (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 76.) Sept. 29. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 79.) Sept. 30. Sabbath. I have not attended the S. school, but sent the children as usual. I have so much to do besides attending the Lodge on Saturday night that I feel almost sick on Sundays. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 86.)

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January 1866

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