Delia Locke


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1869. is quite sick with the typhoid symptoms. Mary has the earache and Willard is not quite well, so with the baby, we have four children sick today. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 22. Friday. In the Lodge this evening we initiated Ruby Smith. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 23. Saturday. We have had a very rainy day. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 49.) Jan. 24. Sabbath. There was a shower of rain this morning and the day has been cloudy. The meeting was held in the new church today. It was thought best to occupy the building, even if it was not finished. We do not expect to finish it this winter. It is more comfortable than the schoolhouse, which is often too crowded and leaks when it rains. Mr. Powell preached from the text taken from the prayer of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple, "Will God indeed dwell on the earth," etc. After the preaching, Dr. and I went to see Susie who is sick with a bad cough. She has never had the whooping cough, and thinks perhaps she has it now. This eve I have attended the prayer meeting at the church. Dr. stayed at home became the children were not well enough to be left by both of us. Luther is still quite sick, baby coughs badly, Mary has the ear-ache, and Willie is feverish and restless. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Jan. 25. Monday. The day has been cloudy and the night is rainy Luther is still very sick. He is troubled with spasms of pain in his bowels, and all food or drink seems to distress him. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Jan. 26. Tuesday. A cloudy day with occasional heavy showers. The evening is pleasant and the Band of Hope met as usual with a large attendance. A growing interest is manifested in the same, and we hope it will be the means of great good. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Jan. 27. Wednesday. Luther is decidedly better. We are giving him scraped meat with marked benefit. He rests now without pain, though he is very weak. 1869. Mrs. Wallace called this morning for Ada, whom she wishes to accompany her in a tour for procuring scholars for a private school. They came back to dinner after riding about and reported excellent progress. School will commence next Monday. Tuition two dollars a month per school. We have agreed to send four. This eve, the moon being at the full, was eclipsed, which eclipse was visible for a long time. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 28. Thursday. The day has been cloudy, windy and cold, and the night is very rainy. One of the most disagreeable days we have had. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 47.) Jan. 29. Friday. Showers have fallen through the day, and the night is very windy and rainy. This is the hardest blow of the season, and the rain falls in torrents. Of course, we could have no Lodge meeting. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Jan. 30. Saturday. It is still raining. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 31. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today, all but Luther. Willie and the baby. I can hardly till what is the trouble with Willie, he is not well, that is all I can say definitely Luther and the baby are nearly well. Mr. Powell preached a solemn discourse from the text, "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation," etc. His subject was. "It is harder to lead Californians to Christ than almost any other class of people," They have broken away from the religious influences and restraints of home, and grieve the Spirit until they are hardened. Three rose for prayers at the conclusion of the service. I could not attend the prayer meeting this eve, on account of the sick headache. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Feb. 1. Monday. Mrs. Wallace commenced her private school this morning at the schoolhouse, but only three of the children attended. Howard, Horace and Ida. We intend to have Luther go, but he is not very strong yet, and his father has some riding for him to do before he commences. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Feb. 2. Tuesday. The afternoon was cloudy, and the night rainy. Mrs. Beebe called here this afternoon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 3. Wednesday. The morning was somewhat cloudy, but the sky at last cleared. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.)

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January 1869

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