Delia Locke


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Oct. 13. Sabbath. I was not able to attend S. school today. Mr. Powell was absent attending the Cong. Association in Petaluma, so we had no preaching. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 69.) Oct. 14. Monday. Mother and Hannah have been in this afternoon with sewing for me to do on the machine while they sewed for me. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) Oct. 15. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Oct. 16. Wednesday. This is Election day. The people choose District and County Judges, State Superintendent of Common Schools and Justices of the Peace. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Oct. 17. Thursday. Mr. McNeil died this morning. For more than two years he has been sick with consumption and in that time has suffered very much, many times seeming to be near death. But this morning he passed as calmly away, as if falling to sleep, saying he was going to rest in heaven. His wife, for months has not known what it was to rest quietly. Never could wife be more attentive than she has been. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) Oct. 18. Friday. We have had cloudy weather today. Mr. McNeil was buried at the Brick Church. Mr. Oliver preached the funeral sermon. Dr. attended, but I did not. Willie Kerr took tea with us. We have been to the Lodge this evening. Dr. went and got Mr. Howard's buggy and carried me over. This is the last night at Kolman's Hall, for we voted to change to the old place again, in our Hall, as it will be less expensive. Mr. Peisson came forward and acknowledged violation of the Pledge, and was reinstated. Ten of the members were present. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Oct. 19. Saturday. The morning was cloudy, but I think we shall not have rain this time, as it is so cold. Willard is now twenty three months old, and is the fourth in size, weighing twenty five and one half pounds. He and Mary are the most backward about teething, having but fourteen. But in talking he is the most forward of any of the children except Ada, and makes as little trouble as any of them. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Oct. 20. I have not felt able to attend church today. Mr. Powell has not arrived home yet, so Rev. Mr. Willey preached in his place. He is a relative of Mr. Elliott's, and is making his home there for the present. The sermon was a good one though long. The subject was, The History of king Saul. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Oct. 21. Monday. Hannah has been here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Oct. 22. Tuesday. We learn today that Ah Toon, who was our former China carpenter, has met with an accident, which has resulted in the loss of his left hand. He was assisting to press hay in a machine, and somehow his hand became entangled so as to mangle it, and it became necessary to amputate it. I do not see how he can follow his trade now. Clara Flanders and Mr. Howard have spent the evening here. He came to fix up Lodge books with the Dr. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Oct. 23. Wednesday. Frosty mornings. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Oct. 24. Thursday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Oct. 25. Friday. We have attended the meeting of the Lodge in Temperance Hall this evening. Officers were elected. Mr. Brown was chosen W. C. T. for the ensuring term. There were five visitors present from Star Lodge those ladies and two gentlemen strangers. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 26. Saturday. Hannah and Mr. Geffroy called this eve. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) Oct. 27. Sabbath. I have not been able to attend church today. Mr. Powell preached. The subject of his discourse was The sin against the Holy Ghost. The Sabbath school has some new books, sent from the Sunday School Union. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) Oct. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 29. Tuesday. Mrs. George Rogers took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 30. Wednesday. Received a pleasant call from Mr. & Mrs. Hitch cook, They dined with us. Are now living on their Ranch. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.)

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January 1867

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