Delia Locke


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1869. Feb. 4. Thursday. A sad day at Sister Susie's. The expected babe arrived, but was still born. A niece, fat little girl weighing near ten pounds, but dead. Susie is much afflicted by this Providence. She has cooked for this little one to take Georgie's place in the family, and help to soothe the grief caused by his death. But this blessing is denied them. We know not what is good for us. I have been there this afternoon. Susie is very sick but Mother will stay with her at present. I have also visited Mrs. Wallace's school. She has twenty five scholars and will probably have more. I have also been to the store to make purchases. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 5. Friday. The morning was cloudy. Mrs. Brown called, also Mrs. Wallace. In the Lodge, we held Election of Officers. Things there are not so dark as they have sometimes been, but still rather discouraging. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 6. Saturday. Mr. Powell made us a call this afternoon, also Margaret Wilcoxon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Feb. 7. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy and a little rainy, not enough to keep us from attending meeting, whether we went as usual. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "Behold, I stand at the door and Knock." (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 8. Monday. Weather is still cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Feb. 9. Tuesday. The weather was cloudy in the forenoon, and in the afternoon it commenced to rain with a high wind and the night was one of the most boisterous I have ever known. The wind blew almost a gale and the rain fell in torrents. Ruby Smith came here from school and remained all night. No Band of Hope meeting. I have written to Mother Locke. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Feb. 10. Wednesday. When I arose this morning, having had but little sleep during the night on account of the inclemency of the weather, I found some of the clothes which were washed yesterday and left out on the line, in a bad plight. They had been blown 1869. off, and were soaking in mud-puddles, and were of a color to discourage any good house-wife. I picked them up and put them in a tub, and hope by patient washing to make them white again. It has been very rainy and cold all day. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 38. S.S. 38.) Feb. 11. Thursday. Dr. has gone to Stockton horseback, as the traveling is too bad for a wagon. Geo. has sued him for something due the estate, and refuses to acknowledge the two hundred dollars paid by the Dr. in accordance with her wishes and needs, since Father Locke's death. He says that Franklin advises him not to pay it, or acknowledge it. It seems that they have united together in a system of robbery, and Dr. will now be obliged to sort to law in order to defend himself. Is George better than a rascal? Mr. & Mrs. David smith were here to dinner. The morning was cloudy, and this afternoon a very cold rain accompanied with high wind, and mingled with snow, has fallen. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 38.) Feb. 12. Friday. I have been to the Store to make purchases, also called on Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Beebe. In the Lodge, we installed Officers for the ensuing term. Dr. was installed as W. C. T. and I as W. V. T. Josiah was in the meeting for a few minutes, but one would hardly know whether he is "for or against" the Lodge. There is but little doubt that he is "against." (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Feb. 13. Saturday. Fair weather. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Feb. 14. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Powell preached one of his best sermon from the text, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." After meeting, Mrs. David Smith and Ruby came here and stayed until the evening meeting. I have been to the prayer meeting with them. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Feb. 15. Monday. This has been one of our pleasant Spring days. Mrs. Wallace and Hannah called this afternoon with Mabel. Mrs. Wallace's niece Miss Ellen White has gone to wait upon Susie, and Mother has gone home. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Feb. 16. Tuesday. There was much interest manifested at the Band of Hope meeting this evening. The schoolhouse was well filled. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.)

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January 1869

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