Delia Locke


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1871. Nov. 26. Sabbath. The weather is still cloudy and rainy. Our church and the United Brethren have had a communion season together today. There is quite a religious interest in the community. The protracted meeting is still in progress, and one or two conversions are reported. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Nov. 27. Monday. Weather still continues cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Nov. 28. Tuesday. Still cloudy and rainy. When Dr. returned from Stockton tonight. Mrs. McStay's husband came with him. He is a small man and cross eyed. Mr. Chester just came in, in a state of joyous excitement, to tell the good news, which the angels in heaven are doubtless also rejoicing over, that Mr. Fowler is just now hopefully converted to God. He says that he and Father Young have been there praying and talking with him a long time. Mr. Fowler has been a seeker for months, and we hope and trust he has indeed found the "pearl of great price". (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Nov. 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.) Nov. 30. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. As it was fair and pleasant, I went to ride with the Dr. in Mr. Chester's team. We rode to Susie's, where they are building a new kitchen, and then home, and up and down the road. Baby is now a month old and weighs twelve pounds, having gained about two lbs. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 46.) Dec. 1. Friday. Hannah and Clara and the children came in to spend the day. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Dec. 2. Saturday. The weather is cloudy. Mrs. Guernsey called this afternoon. Her husband is gaining slowly in health. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 3. Sabbath. Weather still cloudy. Not able to attend meeting. Mr. Starr baptized two persons at the Ferry today. The meetings are to be discontinued after this eve. Mr. Starr has treated Mr. Chester in a very ungentle manly manner this week. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) 1871. Dec. 4. Monday. Foggy morning. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Dec. 5. Tuesday. Weather foggy. This evening, there have been here present at the church meeting, Mr. Chester, Father and Mother, Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and Clara, and Mrs. Pygall. Some of the church members have become dissatisfied with Mr. Chester's conduct of late, chiefly because he has gone in debt to purchase a span of horses and a buggy, and rides round a great deal of the time, to the neglect of the proper work of a pastor. And now that there is dissatisfaction, all have commenced to criticise and find fault with him. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy are the principal leaders in this movement, and all those present did not hesitate to express their feelings to Mr. Chester. He bore the assault very patiently, and I think, if in the future he shall pursue a conciliatory course, that he may be enabled to out grow this feeling. Mr. Starr, of the United Brethren, has taken every opportunity to slight him, both in public and private, and Mr. Geffroy has rather encouraged him in doing so, which, no doubt has inspired Mr. Chester's influence. But I do hope that a better feeling will triumph, and our church be enabled to go on in unity, particularly as there are four or five worthy persons, who may be induced to join up, if we prosper. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 46.) Dec. 6. Wednesday. The weather is still foggy and cloudy. Dr. Jack came home with my husband to dinner. He is now living at Mr. Chisholm's. His wife, long ago left him and went home to Scotland and I have no doubt she is happier for doing so. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 46.) Dec. 7. Thursday. The weather is still cloudy. We are in a state of expectation of a great rain. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Dec. 8. Friday. Still cloudy. Otto Bergenheim came at night. He has moved the sheep down from the mountain Ranch, on account of the cold and snow. They are now near Milton. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.)

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January 1871

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