Delia Locke


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1870. Sept. 26. Monday. We have had a Degree Lodge this evening. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 69.) Sept. 27. Tuesday. Geo. Locke and family arrived home from the East, the three months having expired which they were granted for the excursion trip. They are all in good health except Geo. and he looks badly, from having the chills so constantly, nearly all the time he has been gone. He has felt well but little, but Susie is quite strong and well. A lecture on (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 73.) "Woman’s Rights" in the church this eve by Mrs. Gordon. Did not care to attend. Sept. 28. Wednesday. Sister Geffroy, with Mabel and Bertha have spent the afternoon here. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 76.) Sept. 29. Thursday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) Sept. 30. Friday. Windy and disagreeable weather. Susie stopped here just a minute on her way home from "somebody’s" tonight. She brought me nothing from the East not even the picture of the old homestead, which I sent for. I feel rather disappointed, for I want it so much. She says it looks very natural. Mr. Lewis Raymond owns it now. We have attended the Lodge meeting this eve. John Calvin is now sixteen months old, but he is sick and has not been weighed. However, he does not weigh quite as much as he did a month ago, on account of his sickness, I suppose his weight is about twenty one pounds, which is the same as Horace's and Ida's at the same age, more than Mary's and Willard's, but less than either of the others. In teething he is more backward than either of the others except Willard and Hannah, as his number is eleven. Last Wednesday night, he cried nearly all night, and seemed to be in great pain. We slept but little. I think he had a stoppage of the bowels from eating too much water-melon, fed to him by the 1870. children. He was finally relieved of this distress by medicine, but he is still unwell, and seems to suffer pain, from what cause I know not. He was beginning to walk nicely before he was taken sick, and could walk alone half way across the floor, but now he is not able to be out of bed and arms. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) Oct. 1. Saturday. Dr. and I went to Susie's this forenoon, to learn the news of the New Hampshire people. We got some chestnuts and maple sugar which Mother Locke sent us. The girls went this afternoon to visit Sarah. As we were returning home, we met two men coming in search of Dr., one of them Mr. Gray - with two toes of the right foot badly cut, by a blow of the ax while he was chopping wood. After coming home and examining the wounds, Dr. decided to amputate the great toe, as it was too badly cut to be of any further use. So he gave the patient chloroform and performed the operation. Mr. Gray is a single man and a brother of Mrs. Fair child's. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 2. Sabbath. We have attended meeting this forenoon as usual. Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Be not weary in well-doing." Mr. McReery dined here. My head has ached some all day, but towards eve, the pain and sickness increased to such a degree that I was not able to sit up. Susie vomiting, I am somewhat relieved, but am faint and weak, and cannot go to meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) Oct. 3. Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Brier arrived here from Wheatland this eve, on their way to attend the General Conference of Cong. Churches at Sac. City. Mr. Brier has preached this evening from the text, "Be ye stead fast, immoveable," etc. a very good sermon. They have had a blessed meeting at Wheatland, where they went for a protracted effort. The people have no pastor. After the preaching this

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January 1870

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