Delia Locke


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Nov. 29. 1869. Monday. Received a pleasant surprise visit from Mrs. Shackford this morning, and soon found that she is now Mrs. Vincent having been married to Mr. Vincent last Saturday the 27 inst by Rev. Mr. Guernsey. They are going to live on her place at present, and leave tomorrow with that view. Mrs. Wallace and Mother came here this afternoon upon invitation, and Messrs. Vincent and Wallace came here to tea. Mr. & Mrs. Wallace also spent the evening here. So now Mr. Vincent has another Mary, after having been a widower nearly nine years. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 43.) Nov. 30. Tuesday. Windy. John Calvin is now six months old. He is a little baby, with small eyes and a dear little girlish face. Mrs. Jack, who with her husband is still here, says, he is a wee bonnie laddir, with a little lassie face." He weighs the same that Ada did sixteen pounds, Ida and Mary only being smaller. He begins to hold toys a little, but has no teeth or hair yet, except a little "dower." He cries more than either of the others did, I think, and his ears stick out. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 56.) Dec. 1. Wednesday. Mrs. Miner and Mrs. Howard were here to dinner. Mrs. Howard had a tooth filled. This afternoon, Mrs. Jack and I have been to the store and to Mrs. Powell's. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 2. Thursday. A large wood team by carelessness sank the ferry-boat - today, and Dr. went down to help raise it, and stood and worked in the cold river water, till he was chilled and stiff. He could not straighten himself when he reached home, and we rubbed him with acid and pepper a long time before he was comfortable enough to sleep. I wish he would not expose his health so, but no one could dissuade him from it, as he thinks it is necessary. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 3. Friday. Mrs. Powell called this afternoon a farewell call she said - for they are pocking up to move. In the Lodge this evening, Willie Smith was initiated. He is of the same age as Luther. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) 1869. Dec. 4. Saturday. A church meeting was called this afternoon in the meeting house, to settle up financially with Mr. Powell. He tendered his resignation, which was accepted, not without doubts expressed by some that it was informal to do so, as most of the church members understand that he was not hired in a legal manner for this last year. A church meeting was held at Father's on Wednesday eve to examine into accounts, etc. to which Mr. Powell was not particularly called, as the church wished to understand its position, in reference to salary matters. Mr. Powell was very angry that he was not called to the meeting, said he was never so slighted before, and went away from the meeting today in huffy. We stayed till dark, talking over matters, and I got much chilled, as there can be no fire in the church. John W. Brier, jr, is here for the night, and is to preach tomorrow. He is now a tall, dignified looking young man. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 5. Sabbath. Mr. Brier preached here twice today, and once at Poland's, but I did not hear him, for I was not able to go and sit in the cold. He was well liked, and is here for the night, also Dr. & Mrs. Jack, as usual (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 6. Monday. Dr. & Mrs. Jack have been moving today to the house which Mr. & Mrs. Powell are vacating. Mr. Brier lectured this eve on "woman's rights " in the church, I could not attend, not being able. The Com for the Christmas Festival met here to consult together, after the lecture. It was agreed to have a supper an address, a Christmas Tree, a Post Office, a Ring Cake, two Guess. cakes and a Fishing - pond. I was appointed to take charge of the Post Office. Mr. Brier is here for the night. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Dec. 7. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Dec. 8. Wednesday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Dec. 9. Thursday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Dec. 10. Friday. Chilly weather. Mrs. Pygall called this afternoon. This eve we have attended the Lodge, and Messrs Harrington and Hudson were initiated. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.)

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January 1869

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