Delia Locke


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to attend the Lodge and will remain here overnight In the Lodge this eve, the Dr.'s case having been brought up, Lewis Megerle submitted a minority report, and a motion being made and carried to adopt it, by a vote of eight against six, the charge was found not sustained. Hence nothing more could be done in the matter. But now it remained for those who were exerting themselves either secretly or otherwise against the Dr. to resign their memberships. This they did and showed their ill feelings too, both against Lewis and the Dr. Those who resigned on this account were W. Brakeman, W. R. Steele and J. S. Hammond. W. Brakeman, being Chaplain, was so angry that he would not read the closing prayer. Willie Steele was late at meeting and did not arrive till after the vote had been taken. When he found how the thing had been decided, he wished to have the vote reconsidered. He said he came on purpose to vote to find the charge sustained So he would tell of it. But the Lodge was not in favor of re-consideration, so he could not vote. Josiah was very angry, and made some false charges against Lewis, which were contradicted. Previous to these resignations, I should have stated that Dr. asked for a withdrawal card, but when it was ascertained that these members would resign in any case, he withdrew his request for the same. And so the meeting was brought to a close. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 82.) July 20. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) July 21. Sabbath. We have attended church today. The schoolhouse was nearly filled. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "How shall we escape, if we neglected so great salvation." After the meeting the church stopped to consider the proposition of the members from the upper neighborhood to form a distinct church. Thomas Wiley and wife desired letters of dismissal from this church. It was voted to grant them. The new church is to be found next Sabbath. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) July 22. Monday. Cool for July. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) July 23. Tuesday. Uncle Holden dined with us. He is on his way with his team to fired freight or business over the mountains. He has been working at harvesting since Augusta died, and in enjoying good health. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 24. Wednesday. Mrs. Brown called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.) July 25. Thursday. Mother called this forenoon - did not stay long. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) July 26. Friday. Mary E. Smith and Willie Kerr were here to tea. Both came to attend the Lodge, and both will remain over night. In the Lodge this eve we elected Officers. E. W. Reisson was elected W. C. T. and I was elected W. V. T. Only Eliza Simpson resigned, a proceeding perfectly natural, as Josiah had done so. Mrs. Horace was out and in, threatening to resign, but did not do so. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) July 27. Saturday. Sultry weather. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 83.) July 28. Sabbath. The new church was formed at Atheam's this morn with ten members. They have also recently started a Sabbath school. I did not feel able to attend church. The others went. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) July 29. Monday. Very sultry and uncomfortable. Scarcely a breath of air stirring. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 88.) July 30. Tuesday. The morning was cloudy with rolling of distant thunder. It seems to be raining in the mountains. We expected a shower here, but it did not come. Geo. Susie and the children and Mother have started on a visit to Drytown and Volcano. They expect to be gone about a week. (T.S.R. 76. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 85.) July 31. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 80.) Aug. 1. Thursday. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) Aug. 2. Friday. In the Lodge this evening, the Officers were installed and everything passed off quietly. There were eleven members present. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 84.) Aug. 3. Saturday. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) Aug. 4. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend church today. The attendance there was small as there is much sickness about. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 80.)

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January 1867

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