Delia Locke


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1869. single teeth, and three double ones. She is pretty well now, but has never walked alone to be aware of it herself, though she has taken two or three steps at a time. She speaks many words, calls nearly all our names in her way, most of them very plainly. She will kiss very prettily and say "boo-by" for goodby. The afternoon was cloudy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.) Apr. 20. Tuesday. We have had sudden showers this afternoon. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Apr. 21. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon, also Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy called this evening. Luther, Ada and Howard with other children and Mr. Plummer have been this eve to a Spelling school at the Harmony Grove schoolhouse, where Carrie Day is teaching. They report a full house, crowded to overflowing, good performances and a pleasurable excitement. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Apr. 22. Thursday. Mrs. Wilcoxon called this afternoon. I have attended the prayermeeting this eve. But few present. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Apr. 23. Friday. Mrs. Kellogg came here with a broken arm. She was riding with her husband, and had a large, fat baby on her arm, when the horse became unmanageable, ran away with the wagon, broke the pole and threw them all out. Mrs. Kellogg fell upon her arm in trying to save her baby's head, and put the wrist out of joint, as well as broke one of the bones of the fore-arm. Dr. set it for her. Mrs. Taylor and children have called this afternoon. This eve, we have attended the Lodge. Afterwards, we had a Fidelity Degree meeting, and four members took this Degree. Had quite a pleasant meeting. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Apr. 24. Saturday. Ada today received a letter from West Dedham, Mass. from one of Cousin Calvin Locke's daughters. She is nearly thirteen years old, or almost so old as Luther. This is the way the correspondence was brought about. Ada wrote a letter to Aunts Abbott and Gerould, and Aunt G. sent it to the Dedham cousins to be read. So by Calvin's request, his daughter wrote to Ada. She will answer. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) 1869. Apr. 25. Sabbath. I did not attend meeting with the others this P.M. Mr. Powell preached in behalf of the Home Missionary Society. After the sermon was a church meeting, and Geo, and Susie have been in here since, and say they had a very unpleasant time indeed. A letter was read from Mr. Powell stating that he could not accept the last offer made him concerning salary, that is, offering him what assistance could be procured of the Home Missionary Society, in addition to what could be raised here, pledging no amount. Some of the members then said they did not want him to stay, charging Geo, and Susie with being the only ones who did wish him to stay, and making other unpleasant and sneering remarks. I don't know what will be done. Matters with regard to the church, look dark. They have not treated the Dr. right, and under the circumstances he cannot help them out. I have attended the meeting this eve. Mr. Powell read an extract from the San Francisco City Missionary's Report. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Apr. 26. Monday. A very windy day. Miss White called this afternoon. She has closed her school in the Alpine schoolhouse. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Apr. 27. Tuesday. The wind still blows hard, drying everything up too soon. We are sorry to see it. Mrs. Powell called this afternoon. They talk of removing to Eureka, Humboldt Co. But Geo. is making car nest efforts to keep him here, if possible. So it is uncertain what will be done. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) Apr. 28. Wednesday. Mrs. Wilcoxon called. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 71.) Apr. 29. Thursday. Mrs. Alfred Parker and Joanna and Mrs. J. Bryant called to see the Sewing Machines and remained to dinner. I have been to the store to get the girls some new hats, also called on Mrs. Powell. She says she shall go to the Bay to stay a while, at any rate. He has not fully decided whether he will preach here another year. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.) Apr. 30. Friday. Willie has been quite sick today with fever and bowel complaint. He was attacked suddenly and severely. We have attended the Lodge this evening and elected Officers for the next Quarter. L. J. Megerle is to be W. C. T. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.)

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January 1869

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