Delia Locke


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Oct. 19. Friday. Willard is today eleven months old. He is second to none in size but Luther-weighing twenty pounds. But he is the most backward of the seven in teething as he has no teeth at all as yet. He is well and strong, and I hope, though he is old when his teeth come, he will not have much trouble with them. He rolls around the floor, and though he does not creep, yet if he sees anything which he wishes to get, he will roll over until he reaches it. Then he has a strong voice and hollers and squeals quite loudly. He eats at the table regularly, and has a good appetite, in addition to nursing. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 66.) Oct. 20. Saturday. We have attended the Lodge this eve, Dr. being absent in S. F. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Oct. 21. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school today. Not a single man was present, for though Mr. Wallace is here he was too unwell with chills and fever to attend. The teachers and children were in good attendance. Mr. Guernsey was expected but did not come - probably he was sick. I have written to the Dr. this eve. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 64.) Oct. 22. Monday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) Oct. 23. Tuesday. Mrs. Miner called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Oct. 24. Wednesday. The photograph artist has been taking pictures of the old "forty nine" house and the store. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Oct. 25. Thursday. Mrs. Andrews called this morning. She has been sick and looks thin and pale. I have read a letter from the Dr. I am to expect him home on Saturday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 72.) Oct. 26. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Oct. 27. Saturday. I have called on Mrs. Brown. Dr. arrived home tonight in tolerable health, though he has been sick some with chills' symptom while absent. He attended the Lodge this eve but I did not, as no ladies came. Dr. was elected to the office of W. C. T. for the next term, and I am to be T. S. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 62.) Oct. 28. Sabbath. We have attended the Sabbath School as usual. Frank Foster called here this eve. This is the first time that I have seen him since his return from the war. A few years have made a great change in his appearance He has lost his boyish look, and appears more manly. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Oct. 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 71.) Oct. 30. Tuesday. George Thomason dined with us. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Oct. 31. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Nov. 1. Thursday. Have been to Mother's visiting today. Susie and Geo. came down this afternoon and I rode home with them. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Nov. 2. Friday. Horace Hammond is here sick with the chills and I am nearly sick today. It was too much of an exertion for me to go to Mother's. Mr. G. C. Holman spent the night here - Comes to attend the morrow's drill. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59.) Nov. 3. Saturday. Mr. Holman breakfasted with us. I have been quite unwell today - feel cold all the time, but have no fever attack. The weather is cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 63.) Nov. 4. Sabbath. There were heavy showers of rain this morning. and the day has been cloudy. I have not felt able to attend church today. Mr. Guernsey preached. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 5. Monday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. This has been a very hard rain for the first one. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 6. Tuesday. The morning was foggy and hilly. A little past school time, Mr. & Mrs. Compton with two little boys came to see us, and make us a parting visit. They are about to more to Pagers Valley, near Watsonville. They do this, they say, to avoid the fever and ague. Mr. Flood and family, also Geo. Flood and family, are selling their farms to accompany them. Dr. Shang is going, and it is really strange that he has such an influence over them. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

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January 1866

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