Delia Locke


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1870. the fifth chapter of Matthew, followed by Mr. McCreery, who spoke particularly about "salt," He said in his prayer something like this, "Salt is good, and the sheep of thy pasture love it. And though we often find it here mixed with earth still we will not reject it on that account," etc. I love to hear him speak and pray. A business meeting of the church afterwards, resulted in hiring Mr. Bishop for another six months from Oct. 1st. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Oct. 30. Sabbath. Communion Day. Mr. Bishop preached from the text," Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost," etc. Mr. McReery dined with us. This evening, Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "The pure in heart shall see God." John Calvin is now seventeen months old and is the third in size, as was Ada weighing twenty two pounds. Luther, Howard and Hannah only being larger. None younger than Howard had more teeth than he has, which are twelve, and three of them had a less number. He is also more forward about walking than four of the others, as he has walked well ever since he recovered from his sickness caused by the sore under his arm, and plays out of doors some with the children in mild weather. He also makes a good effort in talking, says "num, num," when he calls for food or drink, calls "mamma, papa, Ada, Ida, Howard," and pretends to read when he gets a book, saying "thats g", and when he hears the children spelling, sometimes says "a. t". He calls the cow "moo", the lambs "ba a," the cat "moow," and imitates the crowing of the roosters. Sometimes when he looks out of the window, and cannot see a cow, he will say "where's the moo"? I have not yet weaned him entirely. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Oct. 31. Monday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Nov. 1. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) 1870. Nov. 2. Wednesday. We had two small showers of rain this mor not enough to affect anything, either for good or ill. This evening came the organization of the consolidated Lockeford Lodge, I. O. G. T. at the Odd Fellows 'Hall. Between thirty and forty members signed the constitution, and nearly forty seven dollars were received as dues for the present quarter. The organizing Officer was F. C. Megerle. Officers were elected and installed. J. P. Andrews was elected W. C. T. Mr. McStay as Secretary and I am Treasurer. It took so long to attend to all this business, that we did not reach home until twelve. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) Nov. 3. Thursday. Have attended the prayer meeting this eve, and though but ten persons were there, yet Jesus was present," one in our midst and that to bless." I rarely enjoy such a precious season of communion with God, as I have tonight, and I bless God for it. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Nov. 4. Friday. Pleasant. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Nov. 5. Saturday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 56.) Nov. 6. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. Mr. Bishop being absent, Mr. McCreery preached in his place, an encouraging and enlightening sermon from the text, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the low of sin and death." This eve the preacher of the United Brethren denomination. Dr. Shafer - as he is called, preached from the theme - the work of grace in the heart. There has been a little rain this afternoon and evening, and but few were present. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Nov. 7. Monday. The weather is still cloudy with a very little rain. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Nov. 8. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 48.) Nov. 9. Wednesday. The weather continues cloudy, with a little rain in the afternoon, not enough to interfere with the Lodge meeting, which we have attended. Mr. Jones’ son, a boy of twelve, was initiated. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.)

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January 1870

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