Delia Locke


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1870. Jan. 23. Sabbath. The weather is foggy and cloudy still unsettled. I was not able to attend church with the rest. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Jan. 24. Monday. Foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Jan. 25. Tuesday. Misses White and Randall came in at sunset to invite Luther and Ada to come to Mrs. Wallace's to spend the evening. They are to have a few friends there, as they are both of them to leave tomorrow. The children went to the party and had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Jan. 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Jan. 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 28. Friday. We have attended the Lodge this evening. We had our Quarterly election of officers. Dr. was chosen W. C. T. again and I am re-elected See. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Jan. 29. Saturday. It has been a very fine, spring like day, and as Ada was at home, I improved the opportunity to make some calls. After doing some shopping. I went up to Mrs. Wiley's the first time I have seen their new house, situated at the upper end of the village. It was a longer walk than I expected, about half way to Mr. Holman's Ranch. Found Mrs. Wiley rather poorly, suffering with cough and pain in her side, not unusual for her, as she is a consumptive. On my way back, I called at Dr. Foote's, to inquire after the sick boy, and found him better. I next called on Mrs. Ringer, into whose nice new house I went for the first time. She is also in delicate health. They have built a pretty cottage home, not yet finished. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Jan. 30. Sabbath. I have attended preaching today with the rest. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Restore unto me the joys of thy salvation, and uphold me by thy free spirit." A Mr. Mayfield was there, for the purpose of advertising himself, I suppose, as he is now engaged in holding a protracted meeting at 1870. the brick church. "A great revivalist," they say of him. Certainly, he is coarse and noisy enough, with his month full of tobacco. It may be, that even he may do much good, but he is not prepossessing. John Calvin is now eight months old, and weighs eighteen pounds, having gained nearly two pounds in the past month. He is the fourth in size, as were also Ida and Willard, weighing the same as they did. He has one teeth as yet, and none of the children younger than Ida had any at his age. His hair is just beginning to grow. He lies on the floor and rolls around, but does not creep or sit entirely alone. About eating, I believe he is more forward than either of the others were, as he will take a piece of food in his hand and eat it up nicely, also he will eat bread and milk well when he is fed with it. When he sees the other children with food in their hands, he appears very anxious to get it. I think he squeals louder and more at his play, than either of the others, and certainly he looks quite different from any of them, with his bright blue "bean eyes," and sound girlish face. Aunt Gerould writes of him, "God bless John Calvin Locke of California," and we respond. Amen. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Jan. 31. Monday. Mr. Wagner's babe - a boy of ten months - died this morning, after an illness of a week. They did not find out what was the matter with him. When he was taken sick, he weighed twenty five pounds, and was a very forward child. This is the second boy they have buried, who died suddenly. This evening, we have attended the first Union Degree Meeting of the two Lodge at the Odd Fellows Hall, Mr. Plummer presiding. Seven of our members and two of Refuge Lodge were initiated into the Degrees - among whom were Luther and Ada. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Feb. 1. Tuesday. Mr. Wagner's babe was buried this afternoon. Funeral at the brick church. We were sitting

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January 1870

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