Delia Locke


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1869. Mar. 15. Monday. The morning was rainy, the rest of the day cloudy and windy, and this eve we have had some thunder and lightning, Dr. and George have been looking over the accounts of L. Locke & Co. with reference to the settling up of the estate matter. Messrs. Blakeslee and Powell were here also. They were called in, because it was found impossible for Dr. and George to come to any settlement in the matter, unless other parties were called in. George is not willing to do the "fair thing" or else he is too ignorant to understand what the fair thing is. We had quite a company to tea, besides our own family. Messrs. Blakeslee, Powell, Watts, Harrer, Geo. Locke, Ruby Smith and Maggie W. Addie Brown is here for the night, Mr. Blakeslee preached in the church this evening. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Mar. 16. Tuesday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Mrs. H. H. Brown had a little daughter born this morning. Mr. Brook’s family were bereaved of one by death. So while one family is rejoicing, the other is weeping. Dora Brooks was about two and a half years old. She has had the whooping cough, took cold, which settled on her lungs, and caused her death. Mr. Blakeslee dined here. They are still engaged with accounts. He addressed the Band of Hope this eve. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 57.) Mar. 17. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy and very rainy. Mr. Blakeslee has been here all day and night, still engaged with accounts. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Mar. 18. Thursday. The forenoon was showery. Susie called and got some plants for her flower-garden, which I was able to space. Mr. Blakeslee has been here all day and night. They have now arrived at a settlement, they think. They thought so last night, but this morning, Geo. wanted to go over the whole thing again, which has been done. This eve. I have confided to Mr. Blakeslee the trial which constantly hangs around me like a dark cloud, the action of the church in keeping Dr. out. He is the only one with whom I have talked in relation to it. He is trouble, but girl no advice. We find that Mr. Powell takes a two sided action 1869. in the matter. We suspected it before, now we know it. We have attended the prayer meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Mar. 19. Friday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. Mr. Blakeslee left us in the morning. Hannah is today sixteen months old, and is as large as the largest of the children - Howard whose weight was the same twentyfour pounds. She is very well and stands alone a little, but does not walk. She has one double tooth just pricked through which makes her number seven. She is not quite so backward about teething as Willard was, but more so than either of the others. She has added quite a number to the list of words which she can speak, and she tries to say almost any word which we wish her to. She is very quiet, well disposed babe. We have attended the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Mar. 20. Saturday. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Lucien Athearn's little son a young babe was buried today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Mar. 21. Sabbath. The morning was rainy, but the rest of the day was mostly clear. We have attended meetings in the afternoon and evening. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "By faith Noah, moved with fear, prepared an ark for thesaving of his household. A very solemn address to parents. "In the evening, Mr. Gibson preached from the text, "The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost." (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Mar. 22. Monday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Mar. 23. Tuesday. Dr. came home from Stockton tonight and brought with him a little dog which he brought there. The Band of Hope met in the church. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 63.) Mar. 24. Wednesday. The afternoon was cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Mar. 25. Thursday. The weather is still little cloudy. Dr. started for Sac. City in company with Geo. Locke. Mr. I. A. Daly is to lecture here next week for the benefit of the church building Tickets are issued at fifty cents each, and are given to some of the children to sell. Luther and Ada have six apiece, which they have sold, Luther selling three and Ada nine. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 54.) Mar. 26. Friday. I have attended the Lodge this eve. Dr. was absent in Sue. Some of the member from Refuge Lodge were present,

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January 1869

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