Delia Locke


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1870. funeral of Joseph Smith took place at the Brick Church, but we felt unwilling to expose the children to any danger from contagion, so Dr. went alone. It is a little cloudy, and much like the dog-days weather of N. E. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 86.) July 4. Monday. This great National Day passed very quietly with us. None of the family went away, and there was no celebration nearer than Stockton. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 100. S.S. 84.) July 5. Tuesday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 84.) July 6. Wednesday. Alice and Mary Ward took tea with us. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) July 7. Thursday. The Ward family left for San Francisco this morning. They have made a long visit in Locke ford, which they seemed to enjoy very much. They are good sensible people too, but I fancy Susie was too much troubled with the care of preparing for her Eastern trip, to really enjoy their society. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 81.) July 8. Friday. We have attended the Lodge as usual. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 72.) July 9. Saturday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 10. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Behold, I lay in Grin for a foundation, a chief cornerstone, elect," etc. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 69.) July 11. Monday. Mrs. H. H. Brown called this afternoon. There is a party to start from Locke ford on an excursion to Silver Lake this week, and they wish me to join it, but I do not feel that I can leave the children so long. The party is to consist of Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy, Roland and Miss Steelman, Horace and Ellen White, Clara and Mary Randall. It will be a pleasant party. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.) July 12. Tuesday. Josiah and Eliza and little Louisa were here to tea. Our cook is sick with a touch of the erysipelas. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 65.) July 13. 1870. Wednesday. Mrs. Taylor called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) July 14. Thursday. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 15. Friday. We have attended the Lodge this evening as usual. We have been more successful this summer in keeping up meetings, than we usually have been through the harvest season. Refuge Lodge also holds regular meetings, but is greatly embarrassed in financial matters. Our treasury holds a surplus of from thirty to forty dollars. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 16. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 71.) July 17. Sabbath. Mr. Bishop preached at eleven o'clock as usual from the text, "The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness," etc. This afternoon, the Elder of the United Brethren Church preached a good sermon from the text, "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure." (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) July 18. Monday. This morning, I received a call from Mrs. Foster, and another from Mrs. Wallace. This afternoon, I have been out to ride with Dr. who went to collect bills. We stopped at the Poland House a few minutes then went across over the plains to Dr. Walker's. We found him in trouble. His youngest son, Oscar fell from a horse last night, and was hurt so badly on the head as to be too stupid to speak through the night and this forenoon. He vomited much all night, but seems more comfortable today but complains of thirst and pain in the head, and will answer questions. It was a gentle horse from which he fell, but three boys were on together, and riding too fast. From this place, we rode to Mr. Thomas' and called at their cosy, pleasant home. Found them will, and enjoyed the call. Then round by the homes of Messrs. Egglestone and Blevins, then home, arriving late. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 74.)

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January 1870

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