Delia Locke


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Oct. 1. Monday. Mrs. Miner is to do some sewing for me to pay for having some teeth extracted. So I thought I must attend to it today. I have therefore cut out three pairs of panties for Mary and two dresses, also a shirt for Howard, and have taken them to Mrs. Miner this afternoon. The weather is excessively warm. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 86.) Oct. 2. Tuesday. Mrs. John Smith and her little girls called and dined with us. Hannah came here because the teacher is not well and will not teach school this afternoon. She will spend the night here. Mr. Geffroy took supper with us. Wilber Curry had boldness enough to come to the Lodge and bring Miss Mills with him. He also asked for a withdrawal Card which was granted him, as there was no one of the members present an eyewitness to his disgraceful act of breaking his pledge and gambling at a public table. He knows my opinion of the same, however, for I did not vote to grant it to him, and Josiah also voted in the negative, the Dr. being absent just at the time. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 79.) Oct. 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) Oct. 4. Thursday. I went to the Saloon in company with the Dr. to get our photographs, but as we had waited till the children came home from school, we did not succeed in getting good pictures, as it was too new sunset. So we must go again. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Oct. 5. Friday. This afternoon we have been to the Photograph Saloon again and have succeeded this time quite well. The artist is a Frenchman. We have the pictures in four different positions. He will also take pictures of the Store and Old house of 49. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 70.) Oct. 6. Saturday. Mr. Tower shot our dog Tusk at the Store today as he was fastened with his chain. Quite a loss this, as he was a watchful and savage dog He was Grandpa's companion for a long time. The dog jumped at Mr. Tower's oldest girl, and just escaped biting her. This was the Invocation. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 68.) Oct. 7. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Mr. Guernsey was expected to preach but he did not come. There was a person present, however, whom we were glad to see, viz. Mr. Wallace. He arrived from San Francisco last night. After meeting he came home with us and took tea. He came up to arrange some unsettle business. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 70.) Oct. 8. Monday. Mr. Wallace again took tea with us. He looks to be in excellent health. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 77.) Oct. 9. Tuesday. Mr. Wallace has passed the day here. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Oct. 10. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.) Oct. 11. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) Oct. 12. Friday. The morning was cloudy. Mrs. Miner made me a short call. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 68.) Oct. 13. Saturday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 66.) Oct. 14. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. I think I was never out when the wind blew harder. Trees and fences are prostrate, and the road is swept clean from dust. The young locust trees on the road to the store are mostly spoiled, being blown down or broken off. Mr. Wallace was our Superintendent in the S. school. There were but sixteen persons present, owing to the windy weather. This morning we had our first frost. It has destroyed our beans and tomatoes which were but five months old, owing to the fact that they were replanted after the severe frost in the middle of May. We shall be obliged to use all the green beans we can, while those not immediately eaten will rot. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 68.) Oct. 15. Monday. This has been a very windy day. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 66.) Oct. 16. Tuesday. Mother and Clara came to visit me this P.M. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.) Oct. 17. Wednesday. Somewhat cloudy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Oct. 18. Thursday. Dr. has today started for San Francisco to purchase goods for the Store. He has prevailed upon Mr. Wallace to remain here and assist Edward in the Store while he is absent. I have written to Dr. this eve. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 65.)

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January 1866

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