Delia Locke


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1869. Dec. 18. Saturday. Rev. Mr. Strong has been here all day. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Dec. 19. Sabbath. The weather was cold and windy, and though I would have much liked to hear Mr. Strong, I could not think it advisable for me to go and sit in the church without a fire. He is a pleasant man. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Dec. 20. Monday. Very cold wind. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Dec. 21. Tuesday. Still cold. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Dec. 22. Wednesday. This is the coldest morn we have had this winter. Mrs. J. Brown called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 25. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Dec. 23. Thursday. The weather is stormy, and it looks likely to be a long storm. The forenoon was not a very wet one, and as I much desired so to do, I went to the Store to make purchases for Christmas. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Dec. 24. Friday. Very windy, and most of the day quite rainy a very unpleasant time for the Festival at Odd Fellows Hall, but though the wind blew very hard through the evening, at that time it did not rain so much, so that the Hall was crowded with people, and everything was lively. I sent Ada to help make preparations in the Hall, and she was there most of the day. As for myself, I could not have gone at all, if a wagon had not been sent for me. I had charge of the Post Office, which took five dollars and thirty cents, free of all charge. The admission fee was fifty cents for adults, half price for children. The ring cake was cut into forty slices, and sold for twenty dollars. The cost was eight and one hay dollars. Two guess cakes brought, one six dollars and the other five and a quarter. The fish pond brought over fifteen dollars. The tables were loaded with good things to eat, and the Christmas tree groaned beneath the weight of presents. This we did not patronize much, on account of our own tree for the morrow. Altogether the Festival was quite a success. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 49 S.S. 53.) 1869. Dec. 25. Saturday. This Christmas Day has been a pleasant one in doors, though out of doors, the forenoon was very rainy. The sun however, succeeded in smiling upon the cloud of the day, and the stars looked down in beauty upon the entertainments of the evening, whatever they were. We were all invited to Mother's today, and the whole Hammond family were there, and all connected except Geo. Locke, he being afflicted with ill health. Of outsiders, there were Mr. Bowen, formerly of Abington, Mr. & Mrs. Wallace, Miss Ellen White and the teacher, Mr. Lambert. We dined together, and then attended to the Christmas Tree, which was loaded with presents. I will enumerate those which the members of our family received. Dr. a white linen pocket handkerchief and a white under shut. Myself a handsome pitcher of cologne (Ada's and Dr. s present) a pair of pillow case covers (Hannah G.'s present) a new quilt for John C. (Mother and Clara's gift) a grilled collar (Roland's gift) a paper of pins (Josiah's gift) a crocheted tidy (Eliza's gift) and a second-hand dress for Ida (Susie's gift). Luther had a handsome pair of buckskin gloves, Howard a rubber ball, Horace M. a Jack-knife, and Dr. made a present of a "gentleman's carpenter's tool chest" to all the boys in company. This was a handsome present, worth $30. Ada had a kaleidoscope, a pair of gloves, a book, a pincushion, and a pair of garter. Ida a pair of gloves and a doll, Mary a doll, a pair of gloves & calico for a dress, Willie a bag of marbles and a "nigger" as he calls it, to pop out of a box, Hannah a doll and a pair of panties, and John C. a rattle, a sleeve apron and a pair of white flannel embroidered boots. Mother had a lap full of presents, of which I gave an egg beater. Horace and Josiah gave us a musical entertainment on their brass prices, for they belong to a cornet band at Grafton. A game of "Authors" concluded the entertainment a pleasant one. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.) Dec. 26. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy and chilly. I ventured to attend meeting today, but almost regretted it, I got so chilled. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Who shall despise the day of small things?" Messrs. Bishop and Bowen were here to tea. We have feet a slight shock of an earthquake this evening. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.)

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January 1869

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