Delia Locke


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1871. have grown old much, in the sixteen years that we have not seen them. They are in mourning for their son Eddie, buried about three months ago, and he died insane. Lawrence is married and has one child a son. Dr. Cooke has been married again, and has again lost his wife. I sent for Mother to come over, and she came and spent the day. This afternoon, they have been to call on Geo, and Susie, and ride round the Ranch, and just at night, I have rode with them a little, as the wind died away. But tonight, Dr. Moore is not well seems almost to have a chill. He is near seventy years old, and holds his age remarkably well. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) May 12. Friday. Susie and Geo. spent most of the forenoon here. Dr. and Mrs. Moore are here. He is better today. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 63.) May 13. Saturday. Our friends are still here, and we are enjoying their visit as well as circumstances will permit. We understand that Mrs. Allen died at Santa Cruz and left her property to Dr. Clarke's daughters, of Sacraments. Mr. Allen married another wife, who died and left a daughter, who is his house keeper now. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) May 14. Sabbath. Dr. and Mrs. Moore thought they must start away today. They do not seem to have any compunctions about traveling on the Sabbath. So Dr. took them to the Railroad Station in his carriage, first riding to the "old house hill" to show them when the first settlement of the Ranch was made, and to Susie's to bid them good by. As it was warm and pleasant, I took this little trip with them, after which they left. I felt better this morn. than I have before since I was taken sick, but a wind sprung up this afternoon, and I began to wheeze and cough, and had a distressed night I am trying a new medicine "hydrate chloral" which gives me rest. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 65.) 1871. May 15. Monday. Cloudy weather all day with a sprinkle of rain. Mrs. McStay came in. She has received intelligence from home, that the body of her son has been found and buried on the 1st of May, after having been in the water three weeks. This affords a little comfort. But it is indeed a sad affliction to lose such a son. Still it would have been unspeakably greater, did they not feel that he was prepared to go. O Father, whatever trial thou seest fit to send upon me, may I never see my children taken away from earth unprepared (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) May 16. Tuesday. Mrs. Brown came and washed. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. Luther and Howard have gone to help drive the cattle to a range near Blue Mountain and will be gone several days. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) May 17. Wednesday. The afternoon was windy, and as is usual in such weather, I have been much troubled with asthma. This is the most troublesome attack I ever had. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 57.) May 18. Thursday. We have had a cloudy afternoon with a sprinkle of rain. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.) May 19. Friday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 20. Saturday. The weather is so pleasant, I have been out for a drive, hoping it will benefit my health. I first called at Mrs. McStay's, then at the store to make purchases, and then we rode to Mrs. Andrews'. John and Horace were with me. We had a pleasant call, and got a very large bouquet of flowers from her beautiful garden. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 69.) May 21. Sabbath. We have had a cold and windy afternoon, and my cough and stuffness has been worse. I despair of being much better, till the weather becomes warm and settled. I think it has been six weeks since I have been able to go to meeting. Luther and Howard arrived home after we were in bed - very cold and tired. They have been within eight or nine miles of the Big Tree Grove. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 56.)

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January 1871

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