Delia Locke


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1870. we have to perform this work in, is limited to this short life. How important for each once to commence this labor in the morning of life. This evening, we have been to hear Mr. Bishop preach. He used the eagle's example in reference to the means she uses to make her young ones fly, as a text, to speak of the Lord's dealings with the children of men. "She stirreth up her nest." The Lord often chastises us on earth, makes our "nest here uncomfortable, that our thoughts and affections may be turned heavenward. Dr. remained at home, to take care of Hannah and Johnny Calvin, who are both quite sick. Johnny has had fever in his head ever since Thursday, without much intermission, but Hannah has not been ailing so long. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 66.) June. 13. Monday. Ada has been Stockton today with her father. Mr.and Mrs. Weber took dinner with us. They are from Charlestown, N. H. and have been to Mother Locke's. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 62.) June. 14. Tuesday. Mrs. McCombs, a lady from San Francisco who has purchased a Ranch on "the plains," as we say, called here to see about the construction of our granary, which is an adobe building. She thinks of building a milk house in like manner. She mentioned her intention of removing to Locke ford, for the purchase of educating her three children. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 63.) June. 15. Wednesday. Very windy weather. Johnny is still very sick. The fever in his head continues. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 65.) June. 16. Thursday. Mr. Ward took dinner with us. Johnny still sick. There were two funerals at the brick church this afternoon, of two infants of nearly the same age, about six months. They were Mr. Austin's little son, and a twin daughter of Mr. Gill, Mr. Bishop officiated. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 71.) 1870. June 17. Johnny Calvin has been very sick today. His fever seems to have left him, but he is much prostrated. His head seems to have gone to the other extreme of cold. And when he sleeps for a few minutes, large drops of cold, clammy sweat stand on his forehead. But he does not sleep much. He cries almost all the time, whether we tend him or not, and his cries are so shrill and piercing, that they are almost shricks. Peter took him from my arms this evening, while I went to the Lodge. Mrs. Wallace called about sunset, and I was obliged to walk the room with him in my arms for nearly all the time that, she was here, he was in so much distress. We heard of an accident at the Railroad Station, which occurred last night in the darkness. A man attempted to cross the track as the train was approaching. He was upon a horse, and when upon the track, the horse would not proceed, but stood until the engine struck him. He was so maimed, that he was afterward killed, and the man was hurt on the head, and has been insensible ever since. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) June. 18. Saturday. I think Johnny is no worse, though he has lost his voice, and cannot make a loud sound. He is very feeble. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) June 19. Sabbath. Baby is better, but I am sick and exhausted. I woke this morning with sick headache and asthma, and was not able to sit up much this forenoon. I feel better tonight. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.) June. 20. Monday. Susie came and passed most of the afternoon with me. They are intending to start for the East next Saturday. Alice and Mary Ward were here to tea. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S. S. 70.) June 21. Tuesday. This is Father's birthday. He is now fifty five years old. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 71.) June. 22. Wednesday. This evening, Mother and Clara, with Alice and Mary Ward called here. The Wards now board at Mother's. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)

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January 1870

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