Delia Locke


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1871. June 25. Sabbath. I am still sick, but somewhat better than yesterday. I dressed myself before noon, and was out of bed for the remainder of the day. Mother Locke is today seventy years old. So she has lived to be older than her husband was, though always of delicate health. But she is quite a cripple walks round by chairs, dragging one leg after her, and does not go out of doors at all, because she can not get up and down steps, without help. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 77.) June 26. Monday. Mrs. Ed. Smith and Mrs. Brown have called today, also Mrs. Pygall and Mrs. Tatton. I am better. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) June 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) June 28. Wednesday. Mrs. Brown came and washed for us. Ida Hetfield joined the Lodge this evening. She has been a member of the Order before, at Mok. Hill. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 86.) June 29. Thursday. This is the warmest day we have had so far. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 101. S.S. 86.) June 30. Friday. This morning I rode to the store with Dr. as he went to Stockton, and walked home after making purchases. I found myself weak in walking. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) July 1. Saturday. Mrs. McStay came in to see me tonight. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 80.) July 2. Sabbath. John Calvin is quite sick with ulcerated sore throat. He has been ailing about a week, and eats nothing but milk. His mouth bleeds when it is washed. Some other children in the neighborhood have also been troubled. No preaching today and if there had been, I could not have left my sick boy, to attend it. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 80.) July 3. Monday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 80.) July 4. Tuesday. I have spent a quiet day at home sewing. Dr. went to Stockton with Howard and Horace Ida Hetfield and our Ida. There was not much of interest in Stockton, and Ida Locke was sick 1871. with fever. Ada has been to Mr. Cahill's, visiting with Josephine, who has finished her first school and is to commence her second school next Monday at Peter's. She has also been to see Clara who also commences her second school at the same time at Mok. City. Mrs. Wallace has been here this afternoon to call. Her babe is nearly a year old, a fine fellow. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) July 5. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 70.) July 6. Thursday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 78.) July 8. Saturday. Today we have experienced a sudden change in the weather. There changes are pleasant enough but not good for the health. The sunset is cooler than the sunrise. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 63.) July 9. Sabbath. There has no preaching been done in our church today or evening. Tonight "Brown of Yonkers" lectured at the brick church for the purpose of organizing here a new order called the "Champions of the Red Cross." It is a benefit society, designed also to combine some of the advantages of Life Insurance on the Dollar plan, and the members take a pledge of Total Abstinence. But it does not recommend the matter much to us, that this Brown is connected with it, for he and his wife (who is also here) have a very poor reputation for honesty of purpose or intention. None of our family attended the lecture (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 72.) July 10. Monday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 69.) July 11. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 68.) July 12. Wednesday. I have attended the Lodge meeting with the others, but it fatigued me exceedingly. I have been absent from the Lodge for nearly four months. All this time I have not been well enough to go. There were about thirty members present, Louis J. Megerle among the member, and he for the first time. Mrs. Spoonn was proposed for membership. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 72.)

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January 1871

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