Delia Locke


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1869. Jan. 8. Friday. The morning was foggy and most of the day has been cloudy. We have attended the Lodge this evening. A letter was read from Mr. Spafford announcing the death of Mrs. Powell, a sister in the Lodge. She died on Christmas morning. (T. S. R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Jan. 9. Saturday. The forenoon was foggy - the afternoon mostly cloudy. T. S. R. 39. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Jan. 10. Sabbath. I have not felt well today, so I have not attended church. Several of the children have very bad coughs, so there are but few of us that are quite well. Coughs among children of the neighborhood are very common, some think they have the whooping cough. (T. S. R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 52.) Jan. 11. Monday. The day has been cloudy. This evening we have had a storm of hail, quite severe, accompanied by thunder and lightning - an uncommon occurrence. (T. S. R. 46. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Jan. 12. Tuesday. A very cold wind has been blowing today, and the weather seems to have cleared for the present. (T. S. R. 40. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Jan. 13. Wednesday. This is sister Susie's birthday. She is thirty years old. I have been to visit her taking with me Ida and Mary. Mr. & Mrs. Wallace are there now - undecided as to where they shall live, or whether they shall build a new house or buy the one formerly belonging to Mr. Kett. I had a pleasant visit. We learn that Hannah Geffroy has another little girl born today. Mabel is thirteen months old. (T. S. R. 37. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 14. Thursday. We had a very bright rainbow this morning, which was unusually long - lived, followed by a short rain. Josiah and Eliza are moving to the Poland district where he has engaged to teach school. They are to occupy the house formerly built by Mr. Thomas Wiley. How I wish they would never live in this neighborhood again, so that we might have peace and quietness! (T. S. R. 38. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Jan. 15. Friday. We had no Lodge meeting tonight. The members are mostly either absent or sick. Only six came, Dr. is in Stockton. (T. S. R. 34. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.) 1869. Jan. 16. Saturday. We learn that Mr. Walker, near Camanche, tried to kill himself and two children on New Years eve. It is thought that he and one of the children may recover the other is near death, as supposed. Domestic troubles caused the murderous act. (T. S. R. 31. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Jan. 17. Sabbath. We have attended meeting - the last in the schoolhouse for the present. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "To whomsoever much is given, of him will be much required.” (T. S. R. 33. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 18. Monday. Addie Andrews called this afternoon. She is trying to get scholars for her mother, who wishes to teach Oriental painting. We shall send Ada. Mother also came in, and I went with her to call on Mrs. Beebe. Mrs. Urton is there at present. Mr. Beebe is making pews for the church, and has them nearly finished, so as to be comfortable for use at present. (T. S. R. 30. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 49.) Jan. 19. Tuesday. Hannah is today fourteen months old and is the second in size - weighing twentyone pounds. Luther only being larger. She has lost flesh since a month ago on account of a very bad cough she has, which may be a light whooping cough, as some of the children in the neighborhood have it. If any of ours have the whooping cough, they have it lightly. We rather think that Horace Mann and Ada have it, besides Hannah, and I suppose John Hammond has it, and quite a number of others. Hannah has six teeth now, the same number that Horace and Mary had. She has been so as to step around by things, but is too weak to be on the floor at present. She vomits up much of her food when she coughs. Mr. Cowen took tea with us. (T. S. R. 30. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 20. Wednesday. Mr. Burt called and had her little one vaccinnated, also Mrs. Harris with Mary, Florence and Henry Brakeman. Florence and Henry were vaccinnated. In the evening Mrs. Packard and daughters came in for the same purpose, and Ellen and Sadie were vaccinnated, also herself. Luther has been sick all day. (T. S. R. 30. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Jan. 21. Thursday. Cora Vincent called and was vaccinnated. Luther

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