Delia Locke


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1869. Feb. 17. Wednesday. Mrs. Harris called to see about a Sewing Machine. Geo, Thomason and Mrs. Shelly also called. Now that Mr. Shelly is dead, Mrs. Shelly is going to live with uncle Geo. as he is called, and he says if one or the other can sell out their farm, perhaps they will go into "partnership." She is a member of our church. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 18. Thursday. I have this afternoon called on Mrs. Beebe and Mrs. Taylor. This evening I have attended the Prayermeeting. More than usual interest was manifested. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Feb. 19. Friday. In the Lodge this evening, Mr. Hays was initiated, and Mr. Wallace renewed his membership Hannah is now fifteen months old. She is second only in size to Luther, weighing twenty three pounds. Her cough does not affect her so badly as it has done, and she is now very well. In teething, she is the most backward of all except Willie, who had four teeth, while she has six. She does not walk alone, but by things, and pushes chairs and follows them. She makes quite an effort at talking, and says the following words. Mama, Papa, Ida, Hannah, pitty (for pretty) titty (for kitty) and does a great deal of jabbering. She has but very little hair as yet. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Feb. 20. Saturday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Feb. 21. Sabbath. It has been cold and very windy today. We went to meeting, but the wind blew so that there could be no fire in the stove at the church, and we almost suffered with the cold. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost." (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 22. Monday. We have received a letter from Mrs. Shackford, saying that she wished to visit us, and if Luther would come over on horseback, she would side back with him in the same way. He cannot go until Saturday, on account of school. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 23. Tuesday. Maggie Wilcoxon and Ruby Smith were here to tea. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Feb. 24. Wednesday. Mary Brakerman came to learn to sew the Florence Sewing Machine. If she succeeds in learning Mrs. Harris thinks of buying one. I have attended the 1869. prayer meeting at the church this evening. Mr. Brown (lecturer) has finally succeeded in organizing another Lodge of Good Templars, illegally we think. It is called Refuge Lodge, with eleven charter members. We think it will not meet the approval of the Grand Lodge. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Feb. 25. Thursday. I have been to the store to make purchases. The weather is very pleasant. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Feb. 26. Friday. Mrs. Wilcoxon made a short call. We have attended the Lodge this evening. After going though the usual Order of Business, we adjourned and went to the prayer meeting at the church. Ruby Smith is here for the night. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Feb. 27. Saturday. Luther went to Mrs. Shackford's to come back with her. Susie called this afternoon. She is not very well, but getting along nicely. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 60.) Feb. 28. Sabbath. The weather is a little cloudy today. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Powell preached a solemn discourse from the text, "My Spirit shall not always strive with men." After the meeting was done, Mr. Powell requested church members to stop and consult together whether it seemed best to continue the protracted meeting, for a while longer, as he has been doing, "every evening in the week." No definite result of deliberation was arrived at. For my own part, I think this church should not expect a blessing, unless its members can be more united in heart and hard. Let the church arise and do its first duty, and then God will answer prayer. Before the meeting closed, Mrs. Shackford and Luther arrived. She has grown much older in looks, as is natural, and wears the widow's weeds. Geo, Thomason and Mrs. Shelly came to tea. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 56.) Mar. 1. Monday. The weather was a little cloudy through the day and a slight shower of rain fell at night Mrs. Shackford has spent the day with Susie. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Mar. 2. Tuesday. Mrs. Shackford has been to visit mother today. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.)

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January 1869

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