Delia Locke


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1867. words plainly, and sometimes puts two words together. He is the least trouble nights of any child of mine. He will go to bed contented with either of the children, and sleep all night without calling for me, and scarcely ever wets the bed. He is particularly fond of Ada, and clings to her. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 63.) June. 20. Thursday. Mr. & Mrs. Powell were here to breakfast, and then went over to Geo. Locke's. It is a trouble to get across the water. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) June 21. Friday. Have been out calling this afternoon. I first went to see Mrs. Smith, then Mrs. Cahill at the tavern. I next went to the store and made purchases, and hearing that Mr. McNeil was worse than usual, I went down to see him and found him very feeble. It is strange how he lives along so. At times he can hardly breathe. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) June 22. Saturday. Mary Kolman made us a call today with her little sister Ada. I have felt weary and half sick. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) June 23. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend meeting today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 73.) June 24. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) June 25. Tuesday. We have moved out of our front room today so as to have Mr. Tower paint it. He and Dr. have been washing the fly dirt and smoke stains from the walls and they look nice and white. We shall sleep up stairs for the present. If the painting looks well when it is finished, we shall have the front room for the sitting room until the other side of the house is finished. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) June 26. Wednesday. Susie called this forenoon and Mrs. Hoxie this afternoon. Mrs. Hoxie talked till I really felt sick. There are few women that can equal her in ability to talk. I give her so much credit. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) June 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) June 28. Friday. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Brown (Isaac) called on their way to the Store. Mr. Allard took tea with us. In the Lodge this eve, Wilber Brakeman presented a charge against the Dr. for violation of Art. 2. of the Constitution. This was intended as a charge for receiving the rent of the tavern, but Mr. Brakeman did not understand matters well enough to bring it up in a proper form. The facts with regard to letting the tavern are materially the same as they were at the time the Lodge was formed and for years previous. But some of the members, having felt some ill - will toward the Dr., or perhaps jealousy I have taken this manner to make it manifest. We fear the Lodge will suffer in consequence. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) June 29. Saturday. The annual meeting for the election of school trustee has taken place today. Mr. Atkins goes out of office, not only because his time has expired, but also because a new District has been set off on the other side of the slough, of which he and Mr. Day are members. Mr. Montgomery has been elected today as new Trustee. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) June 30. Sabbath. Mr. Powell took dinner here. We have attended church. The text was from Rom. 14. 17. "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost." This was one of Mr. Powell's best efforts, and the congregation was a good sized one. The Sabbath school was the largest we have had, I think. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) July 1. Monday. I have now been here in Lockeford twelve years. How quickly they have passed. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) July 2. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 79.) July 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 4. Thursday. The day has passed off without much noise or disturbance. There was no celebration here except the drilling and target shooting of the Military. Mr. & Mrs. Powell and Susie have been to Stockton and they report that there was no celebration there, except the speech of a gentleman from San Francisco. The Democrats made a rally at the Fire Mile House. Mrs. Heath visited me this forenoon and dined here. This afternoon I went with her to Mother's with Howard, Ida and Mary, and remained to tea. They are now living in their own new house, and Mother is better in health. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.)

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January 1867

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