Delia Locke


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1870. June 23. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 70.) June 24. Friday. Mrs. Ringer called this afternoon. We have attended the Lodge this eve. There were seven present just a quorum and no more. But we had a pleasant meeting. Ada read an interesting selection, which added much to the interest of the meeting. She is always ready to do her part, but Luther hangs back. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) June 25. Saturday. Geo. Locke and family started for the East this morning, after so much delay, they have really gone. Mother and the Wards went to the station to see them off. I have been to see Mrs. Wallace this afternoon. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 72.) June 26. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Bishop preached this forenoon from the parable of the talents and the unprofitable servant. He did not make his points very clear, and so the sermon was not to much edification at least to me. This afternoon, Mr. May field preached from the text, "The sting of death is sin," etc. One of our church members has fallen. Thomas Hamilton. He came home drunk from the Station last night, and today, instead of being at church among the brethren he is at the saloon, drinking and gamblin. What shall be done for him? (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) June 27. Monday. Early this morning, Rev. Mr. Bryant's wife died at Woodbridge of scarlet fever. She has been sick about two weeks, and now leaves Mr. Bryant alone, as they have no children Fearing Contagion, she was buried this afternoon. Mr. W. D. Smith's children are very sick with the same fever, whether others we know not. It is to be hoped the disease will not spread. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) June 28. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) 1870. June 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) June 30. Thursday. John Calvin is today thirteen months old. He has not been weighed, but as he weighed twenty one pounds a month ago, and has lost a little by sickness, I judge his weight at present to be about twenty pounds. He is then the fourth in size, as were Ada, Mary and Willard. He has five teeth, which is a larger number than Mary, Willard or Hannah had, but not as many as the others had. He is about as forward as Ida and Hannah, and more so than either of the boys were, as he creeps all over the house, and gets up by things. He also steps nicely between two. He reminds me of Hannah in trying to talk, as he says "Ada, Ida and titty," and tries to imitate the crowing of the roosters. He is not as quiet and amiable as most of the others, as he has received so much attention from the children. He is not yet weaned, and eats food with a good appetite, at the table. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) July 1. Friday. I have visited at Hannah Geffroy's today, going before dinner with baby. Josiah and Eliza were there, with little Louisa. Josiah is having a vacation from school, to continue until the 18 inst. He looks thin and care-worn. The weather was very uncomfortably warm. We have attended the Lodge this eve. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 98. S.S. 90.) July 2. Saturday. Mr. William Smith's third son, Joseph, died today of scarlet fever, has been sick of scarlet fever about three weeks. They lived in the same house with Mr. & Mrs. Bryant at Wood bridge, until the day before she died, and she took the disease from him. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 94.) July 3. Sabbath. It has been a very sultry, uncomfortable day. I have felt the heat very much, but then I have not been well. I have had some fever this afternoon, and did not attend church at all. The

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January 1870

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