Delia Locke


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1869. May 1. Saturday. There have been two children's parties today. Carrie Wilcoxon had one in honor of her birthday soon to arrive, and Carrie Day came up to our grove with her school (the Harmony Grove) and had a picnic. The morning was warm, but the wind breezed up this afternoon, so that it was quite uncomfortable, and I am half sick with the asthma. However, I have attended a church meeting this evening, preparatory to communion. Three persons were proposed for membership in our church. Mr. and Mrs. Day and Mr. Connor, or some such name. Mr. Day is to be baptized by immersion. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) May 2. Sabbath. I have been quite sick today with vomiting and asthma, and could not attend meeting. Mr. Day was baptized by immersion in the river near the ferry and with his wife and Mr. Connor(?) joined the church here, Mr. Powell officiating as usual. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 3. Monday. School commenced today, with L. J. Megerle as teacher. The children went, all but Ada, and I could not spare her, for I have been sick all day in bed with the asthma. I hope to be better soon. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 64.) May 4. Tuesday. Not much better today. O how wearily wear away the hours, when one has the asthma. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.) May 5. Wednesday. I have been able to sit up some today, but am not much better. Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Beauvais called this morning. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) May 6. Thursday. I am still sick. I have a longer attack than usual. The water in the river is very high and rising. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) May 7. Friday. Dr. took me out to ride, hoping it would do me good. I think I feel better for it. We rode out by the pasture and Mr. Day's, and over as far as Mr. Wilson used to live. Our barley field looks very finely. In the Lodge this evening, the Officers were installed. I was not able to attend. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 60.) 1869. May 8. Saturday. We have now been married fourteen years. Happily passed and swiftly fled, these years have been. Thanks to our kind Heavenly Father, who has filled these years with mercies. This eve I have a severe sick headache, but my asthma is better. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) May 9. Sabbath. I feel better, but weak. I have not been able to attend the meeting. Our cook - Ah Peng - has left as today. His year has expired, and he could not be induced to stay any longer, though, in my present state of health, it seemed quite desirable. We know not who we can find to employ next as cook- wish we could find a good woman. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) May 10. Monday. This is the warmest day we have had, and I have been very sick with the sick headache. Ada commenced to attend school today, so I sent for Mrs. Wilcoxon this afternoon to stay with me, for I did not feel able to stay alone. The water in the river rises higher and higher, and though our levee has proved sufficiently strong to withstand it, yet today Holman's levee broke, and the water is destroying our crops of potatoes and corn. Indeed it looks discouraging to see the water over the nicely cultivated fields in this way, and no fault of ours either. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) May 11. Tuesday. Today as the Chinaman. Ah Heng was washing up the dinner dishes, he discovered the roof of the kitchen to be on fire. He commenced screaming in a frantic way, and Dr. who was on his way to the store, heard him, and came running back to see what was the matter. I jumped up from the bed, where I was lying, ran and got the hose pipe, and held it while the Dr. and the Chinaman pumped water upon the burning roof. The fire was soon extinguished, though it was burning in three places. We think some sparks from the store pipe must have caught upon the dry moss on the shingles of the roof, and set it on fire. We received a severe fright, but a kind Providence prevented any serious damage. I got quite wet, but I think it will not harm me. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 67.) May 12. Wednesday. Frances Day has been to learn to sew on the new machines. They think of buying one. She learns nicely. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.)

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January 1869

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