Delia Locke


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1871. Nov. 13. Monday. Baby is now two weeks old. He is a fine healthy boy, and has already gained a pound in weight, weighing over eleven pounds. Mrs. Ed. Smith called this afternoon. Mrs. Andrews came in and took tea with us. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Nov. 14. Tuesday. The weather is still cloudy. Dr. went to Stockton today, and Mrs. McStay returned home with him, having been with us eight days. Mother and Susie called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Nov. 15. Wednesday. Cloudy & rainy. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Nov. 16. Thursday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 44.) Nov. 17. Friday. After a week of cloudy weather, the sky seem to have cleared again, after but a little rain. The dread of another dry season seems to be settling down upon the community, as the winter advances, without the much desired showers. Ellen White called this afternoon. She has been teaching almost constantly for the past year, and expects to commence another school soon. She looks thin and pale. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Nov. 18. Saturday. Mrs. Wallace called this forenoon. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Nov. 19. Sabbath. The birthday of Willard and Hannah. Willard is now six years old, weighs forty five pounds and measures three feet, seven and one half in in height. He is just as tall as Ida was, while Howard and Horace were taller, and Luther, Ada and Mary not so tall. But only Ada and Mary weighed less than he does. He has not commenced to shed his milk teeth yet. He reads in McGuffey's First Reader but is not learning to read as fast as Mary is, at the present time, though he is much smarter in Arithmetic. Indeed he shows very good mathematical thought, counts by fives and twos to one hundred, and adds and subtracts well in simple numbers. He is an active child, both in mind and body. 1871. Hannah is now four years old, weighs thirty four pounds, and measures three feet and two inches in height. So she is just as tall as Luther was, and just as heavy as Ida, at her age, being taller than Ida Mary and Willard. She is very gentle and good, and usually easily managed. She has not yet learned her letters, but it is not her fault, for she learns very readily when taught. She can count ten, and is very forward about talking and learning to repeat verses, showing good sense and thought. She likes to sing and hear singing. The children sometimes sing the hymn which has the chorus, "There's one more river to cross". She was singing it one day, and forgot the word "cross", so after hesitating a little, she sung, "There's one more river to get over", showing that she understood the meaning, though she had fogotten the word. Her hair curls prettily in her neck, being very light, and her eyes are large and blue, so that she is a pretty as well as a good child. Mrs. McStay called this afternoon. She is stopping at Mr. Harvey's, for the present. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 56.) Nov. 20. Monday. Mrs. McStay came to stop with us a few days and sew for me. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Nov. 21. Tuesday. The United Brethren are holding a series of meetings in our church. They are to pay for the lighting of it, and clean it up when the meetings are over. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 37.) Nov. 22. Wednesday. A very pleasant day, and Dr. took me out for a little ride round the town. I am gaining strength slowly. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 70.) Nov. 23. Thursday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Nov. 24. Friday. I have been spending a part of the day at Mother's, but my breath is short and my cough rather troublesome. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Nov. 25. Saturday. The weather is cloudy and rainy. I am more troubled with asthma. Dampness sometimes seems to benefit me, but not so now. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.)

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January 1871

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