Delia Locke


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1869. They find Mr. Rogers' house turned upside down and thoroughly searched, trunks emptied, and nothing left unturned. Dr. Foote has taken out some small prices of Mr. R's skull, and the brain is exposed. They are both dangerously wounded. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 61.) Oct. 24. Sabbath. This morning, the rascal was caught. He had crossed the river at the ferry and was on the public road. He gives his name as John Kermode. He was taken to Stockton jail. I hope he will suffer severely for this attempted murder. We have attended meeting. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "There shall be no night there." We have attended the meeting this eve, but got only harsh rebukes from Mr. Powell, and no comfort, or encouragement. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Oct. 25. Monday. School commenced today. Mr. D. Lambert. teacher. We send five children as usual. Pleasant weather. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Oct. 26. Tuesday. Robert Vance made us a call this eve. I believe this is the first call he has made us since he came to Lockeford to live. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 27. Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Oct. 28. Thursday. I have attended the Prayermeeting this eve at the church. Six persons present besides Mr. Powell. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Oct. 29. Friday. We have attended the Lodge meeting this eve. The Officers for the next term were elected. Fred. C. Megerle was elected W. C. T. Mrs. Howard. W. V. T., and myself W. R. S. A full quorum of Officers made out. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Oct. 30. Saturday. John Calvin is now five months old and weighs fifteen and one-half pounds. I see he weighs the same that Ada did - is not the smallest either. Ida weighing less. I have now put him in short clothes, as I must do it now, or let him wear long ones all winter. He will squeal when the little ones play with him, but when alone, he sucks the two middle fingers of the right hand most of the time. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) 1869. Oct. 31. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit," etc. After meeting, Dr. Willard and I went in our wagon to see Mr. & Mrs. Rogers. They are now on Mrs. Guernsey's place, in care of Mr. & Mrs. John Norton, having sold their own place on the day they were so assaulted, and have now given up possession. They seem to be recovering wonderfully, and are in good spirits. It was a kind and remarkable Providence which so saved their lives in their old age. We were shown the hatchet with which the attacks was made, and no one would suppose that a man could be struck on the head with it, and survive the blow. Three prices of the skull bone were removed from Mr. Rogers' head by Dr. Foote, and the brains were exposed, but it seems likely that he will recover. Mrs. Roger's right ear was nearly cut off, but the wound seems to be healing well, and so do the other gashes on her head. After arriving home and eating our supper, we went to the Hall of the O. F. to hear Mr. Byant preach. His text was, "What shall it profit a man, if he shall." (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Nov. 1. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Nov. 2. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Nov. 3. Wednesday. The morning was foggy. Hannah Geffroy and her children have passed the afternoon with us, and in addition. Mr. Geffroy, Clara and John have been here. Have had a pleasant visit from them. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Nov. 4. Thursday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 69.) Nov. 5. Friday. The evening was cloudy, but we have had a good Lodge and installation of the Officers for this quarter. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) Nov. 6. Saturday. The forenoon was quite rainy, but the afternoon was pleasant. This is the thirtyfifth anniversary of the marriage of our parents. I sent to Susie's and Hannah's families last night to invite them to join with me in making our parents a surprise party. They agreed to it and today we have fulfilled our intention, and had a pleasant time. Of course, three of their children were necessarily absent. Josiah and family, and Horace,

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January 1869

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