Delia Locke


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1868. oldest boys only being larger, and she is the largest of the girls. Mr. Rix took dinner with us. We have attended the Lodge this eve. I acted as V. T. in the initiation of Mr. Spafford and Mrs. Powell - his mother in-law, Mr. Rix is here tonight. June 20. Saturday. Susie called in the afternoon. June 21. Sabbath. Mr. Peter Moore was buried today. The funeral was at the brick church, and all attended but me. Mr. Oliver preached the sermon. At night, we went to Mother's to have a little sing, and were there to tea. Dr. Mary and myself, Mr. Rix and Susie were also there. Mr. Rix lectured at the schoolhouse this eve, and we went to hear him. We did not like his lecture much. It did not seem to come from the heart. June 22. Monday. The weather is cloudy. June 23. Tuesday. The water in the river still continues very high through not rising. No crossing but by boating. June 24. Wednesday. Hannah and Mr. Geffroy left Mabel with me, while they went blackberrying . Mabel was afraid of Hannah's crying and Hannah was afraid when Mabel cried, so we had quite a crying chorus for a while. I have had callers - Mrs. Putnam and two little ones - Mrs. Sucien Atheam - Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Damon. Mrs. Stevens has just arrived from Cambridge, Mass. and Mrs. Damon lives in San Francisco. Their call was a very pleasant one. June 25. Thursday. Tomorrow will be the closing day of school and the girls are ambitious to finish Common. Fractions in Written Arithmetic at that time. So Clara Hammond and Luca Perry have been here tonight doing examples with Ada. I assisted them some. June 26. Friday. School closed today. We have attended the Lodge this eve. June 27. Saturday. There has been an election of School Trustees today. Dr. was again chosen to serve for three years, and Mr. Geffroy for one year in place of Mr. Kett, who has removed to Paradise City. 1868. June 28. Sabbath. Mr. Brown of Yoncas - a Temperance Lecturer - and three others from Linden - dined here. This eve, we have attended Mr. Brown's lecture at the Schoolhouse. The most interesting feature in it, was his singing three or four temperance songs. He has been a policeman in the City of New York and narrates many a thrilling scenes he has witnessed. We think he is calculated to do good in the cause. After the lecture, by Mr. Powell's suggestion - a committee of two ladies. Mother and Susie were appointed to consult upon the subject of the formation of a "Based of Hope" here among the children. I am afraid they will do nothing. June 29. Monday. I have been to Mother's this afternoon. Josiah, Eliza and Hannah were there. Josiah says we are to have a fourth of July celebration here, and he and Mr. Powell are committee to make arrangements. June 30. Tuesday. The singers met here this eve to select music and practise songs to sing at the Independence picnic. We sang a little, but I immediately hoarsed up and commenced to cough. I see that I shall be obliged to give up the idea of carrying the alto alone and as Mr. Geffroy and Hannah refuse to have anything to do with the singing on that day, we shall be under the necessity of looking out of the neighborhood for help in that performance. I suggested to Josiah the propriety of inviting Mrs. Post of Woodbridge to help us, as she is an excellent alto singer, and I think he will do so. I am not strong enough to sing much yet. July 1. Wednesday. The water still remains at its high stage. Discouraging about planting. No extreme heat as yet. July 2. Thursday. The toys robbed a hen-hawk's nest of three young ones, only one of which is alive. He is as large as a chicken two weeks old, and quite ravenous. We are glad of the opportunity to destroy him. July 3. Friday. I have not felt able to attend the Lodge this eve. Mr. & Mrs. George Rogers were initiated. He is over seventy years of age, he of the age of my mother and they come about two miles, Surely their Zeal is praiseworthy. I hope it will continue.

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January 1868

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