Delia Locke


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1870. May 26. Thursday. We learn that all the excursion tickets for the trip across the plains, have been bought up, so Geo.'s folks cannot go this time. However, another excursion is to start in about two weeks, and they intend to go then. It will be better too, for it will give them more time to prepare. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) May 27. Friday. I have been to the store and to Mrs. J. Brown's also, with the rest to the Lodge meeting. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) May 28. Saturday. Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Bryant and children, came here today to purchase a Florence Sewing Machine, which they did, one of the highest priced ones. This afternoon, Mr. Lambert and Josephine and Annie Cahill made us a call. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 68.) May 29. Sabbath. It has been so windy today, that I dared not venture out to meeting, for fear of asthma. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) May 30. Monday. The wind has blown almost a hurricane today. I think I have seldom, if ever, seen it blow harder. It is like a pestilence, bringing sickness and drought to the region. It is my birthday. I am now thirty four years old, and again I praise the Lord for the mercy that has brought me hitherto. His blessings are "new every morning and fresh every evening," to me and mine. John Calvin now completes the first year of his life. He weighs twenty one pounds, which was Horace Mann's weight, and only Luther of the whole family, was any larger. He has the same member of teeth that Luther and Hannah had, viz. four two upper and two under ones. Willard and Mary had but two, while the four others had more than four teeth. He now creeps all over the room and walks between two very well. He eats at the table, though he is not weaned. He is the most forward of all the children about talking, as he says three words plainly, "Ada, Ida and 1870. titty," for kitty. He is a very affectionate child, and hugs us and tries to kiss. He has small, bright and keen eyes, and his hair is beginning to grow. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) May 31. Tuesday. Mrs. Holden came to give a music lesson to the children. Her brother has returned to Omaha not much better. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 62.) June 1. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) June 2. Thursday. Dr. has had a severe chill today, the first he has had for about fifteen years. Of late, he has had several heavy night sweats, and probably might have prevented this sickness of today, if he had taken medicine in time. Susie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 77.) June 3. Friday. Taking John Calvin with me, I went in Geo.'s wagon with Mrs. Huntington and Mrs. Wallace to visit Susie. The family are now expecting to start on their Eastern excursion, one week from today. They have a family boarding there from San Francisco, spending the summer vacation. There are Mr. Ward, his son George and his two daughters. Alice and Mary. They are pleasant sensible people. We had an agreeable visit, and returned home just in time for the Lodge meeting. Dr. has been better today, but was not able to go to the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) June 4. Saturday. Mr. Conway came and bought a Flounce Sewing Machine this forenoon. This afternoon, we have attended the Church Preparatory meeting. Father and Mr. Bishop were the only male members present. Mr. & Mrs. F.M. Bishop and Mrs. Annie Bishop presented themselves as candidates for admission to the church and were accepted. Just as the meeting was about closing up, Susie, Clara and Hannah G. came in with Mr. Ward. They had been an hour in coming, they said, and the harness had broken four times, and they had been obliged to change horses. I took little Hannah to meeting. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 79.)

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January 1870

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