Delia Locke


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1869. slippers in her hand. When I looked reprovingly at her she said, "Bad boy me." She calls herself "bad boy," when she gets into any mischief. This she does, because she hears Willard called a bad boy. Howard now completes his tenth year. He is exactly as tall as Ada was at the same age, four feet, three and one-fourth inches tall. But he weighs three pounds more than she did, viz. sixty eight pounds and nearly as much as Luther did. In his studies, he has advanced about as far as Luther had, except that he is a poorer reader. He reads in the third Reader, ciphers in "fractions," and has learned some geography. He has kept his Daily Journah for two years and is a pretty good writer. He is a great farmer for his years, raising vegetables and selling them, and planting fruit and nut trees. He is full of plans for the future in this line, also talks a great deal about going East and taking charge of Uncle Howard's farm. He feels impatient to go. We tell him he must complete his education first, but he thinks it will be too long to wait. I think I never knew so careless a child as he is. He loses his hats, his jackets, his boots, in fact, he takes good care of nothing. How will he be when he is old? Yet he is almost always good natured and easy, and when he is in fault, he is ready to own it. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 76.) July 20. Tuesday. Mrs. Taylor came and had a tooth extracted. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76.) July 21. Wednesday. Dr. vaccinnated the baby this morning. He is very young, but there is a small pox excitement about, and we thought best to do it. Mr. Buckner, a Baptist preacher, has lost his wife and one child by the small-pox, about ten miles from us, and what is worse, several of the neighbors watched there with them, during their sickness, ignorant of the disease. So it is feared it will spread. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 83.) July 22. Thursday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 82.) July 23. Friday. Mrs. Powell called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 78.) 1869. July 24. Saturday. Mary has the mumps. She is rather nervous over it, as is her wont. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 80.) July 25. Sabbath. The weather is cloudy. I have not felt able to go to meeting. Mr. Bishop preached. Sister Geffroy came and had a tooth pulled. Ida has had a bad splinter in her foot, for nearly a week, and it has made her sick. Indeed she has been feverish two or three times on account of it. It broke off in the ball of her foot, and her father did not probe for it and take it out at the time, because she was so afraid of the hurt. This morning, he gave her chloroform and took it out. It was more than an inch long, large and deeply slated. It got in as she was running along the front entry. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 83.) July 26. Monday. We had a shower of rain this morning. O such sultry weather as we have. It seems like the New England "dog-days." One of our Chinamen, Teng-yu, has the mumps. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) July 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) July 28. Wednesday. Ida has the mumps today. Her foot is better. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 75.) July 29. Thursday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 30. Friday. John Calvin is today two mos. old. He weighs thirteen pounds. This shows he is gaining finely. We have attended the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) July 31. Saturday. Today, before dinner, came the threshing. We did not expect them so soon therefore we were much hurried in our cooking arrangements. But I got along nicely, with Tark Soong as the Cook. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) Aug. 1. Sabbath. How unpleasant to have the threshers here over the Sabbath. But so we have, and so we cooks have had to work hard all day. No meeting for us, to be sure. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 81.) Aug. 2. Monday. Towards night, as I was busy in the Kitchen, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Cahill and Mrs. Hoxie called. It is about a year and a half since I have seen Mrs. Hoxie. She is living at San Joaquin City, and is an invalid with a bad cough. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.)

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January 1869

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