Delia Locke


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1867. The rain fell in a copious shower while we were going and we got some wet. Dr. and I stood up with Hannah and Geffroy, while they were married and Mr. Powell officiated. All the family were present but Roland. He is usually absent at such times. We sang a hymn and went to supper After supper, we took our leave. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Mar. 18. Monday. Mr. Powell took dinner with us. Mr. Blakeslee was here to tea. He preached this eve at the schoolhouse, but I was too weary to attend. He has come on his annual visit. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Mar. 19. Tuesday. Mr. Powell left for San Andreas and Murphy's Mr. Blakeslee is here. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Willard is today sixteen months old and is next to the smallest in size, weighing twenty pounds, Mary being the only one smaller. But he is by for the most backward about teething, as he has but six teeth as yet. He is now weaned, and creeps about, but does not walk, though he has raised himself by things for the past month. He improves in talking some, sings "do-re-mi." very well. Mar. 20. Wednesday. Mr. Blakeslee left this morn. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Mar. 21. Thursday. The weather has been cloudy and showery, and tonight we had quite a hail-storm. Mrs. Hoxie made me a short call. I have just received a letter from Mrs. Blakeslee - enclosed was one from Helen to Ada. Ada has just sent one to Helen, which she will receive about this time, and Ada sent her photograph to Helen. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.) Mar. 22. Friday. Mrs. Brown came in awhile this afternoon. We have had the severest hail storm I ever witnessed. It commenced about an hour before sunset, and when it ceased the hail stood two inches deep on a level. In many places it will remain so all night, as on our piazza. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 44.) Saturday. Mar. 23. This afternoon, I have called on Mrs. Tower, Mrs. Hoxie and Mrs. McNeil. In the Lodge this eve, we have had a plenty of visitors; a large number of Bros. and Sisters from Star Lodge and, in consequence, an interesting meeting. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Mar. 24. Sabbath. We have attended church. Mr. Guernsey preached from the text, "How shall we escape," etc. a deeply solemn sermon. I do not see how some could avoid being deeply impressed and I think, from their countenances they were so. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 49.) Mar. 25. Monday. The wind is cold and chilly. Received today a copy of Earle's "Revival Hymns" through the mail, sent by Uncle Holden. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 50.) Mar. 26. Tuesday. The weather today has been peculiar. All day it has been cold, cloudy and windy. Tonight we have had a very heavy shower of rain and hail combined, and when it was over, there were two beautiful rain bows of promise-the brightest and most beautiful I ever saw, I think. The wind, the rain and hail, the dark clouds and the rain bows all together made a vivid picture, not soon to be forgotten. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 44.) Mar. 27. Wednesday. This afternoon, Ellen and Cora Vincent came here with Mr. Bacon. Ellen had four teeth extracted, while under the effects of chloroform she says this is the first place which she has visited since she came from Nevada, a year ago or more. Why she has kept herself thus shut up is a mystery. She says she has not been well, and she looks pale and thin. After they had left. Mrs. Kibbe and Mrs. Alderman called. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Mar. 28. Thursday. I have been to see Mrs. Brown. She has been sick and is better. This eve, I have attended prayermeeting. Mr. Powell was there, and their were sixteen present. We had a good meeting. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.)

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January 1867

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