Delia Locke


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Dec. 9. Saturday. The weather remains cloudy. There was a church meeting at Father's this evening, at which Mr. Chester was not invited to be present, and in view of existing circumstances and dissatisfaction, a committee of three were appointed to wait upon Mr. Chester and ask him to resign his position as pastor of this church. Mr. Geffroy, Susie and Father, constitute this committee. Our family and Mother are against this movement, believing there are not sufficient grounds for such an action. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.) Dec. 10. Sabbath. The weather is still cloudy. What a rain we shall be likely to have by and by. I am not yet able to go to meeting. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Dec. 11. Monday. No change in the weather. Received a call from Mrs. McCall. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 41.) Dec. 12. Tuesday. Weather foggy and cloudy. Will so much cloudy weather yet end in a drought? Prophesy, O ye weather wise! Mrs. James Brown and children dined with us. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.) Dec. 13. Wednesday. Forenoon foggy and cloudy - afternoon pleasant. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 43.) Dec. 14. Thursday. Forenoon foggy. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Dec. 15. Friday. The morning was foggy, but the afternoon was pleasant, and the grass is starting. I have called on Mrs. McCall this afternoon, the first time I have walked out on the ground any distance. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Dec. 16. Saturday. The birthday of daughter Ada, who is now fourteen years old, and much larger than Luther was at the same age. She weighs one hundred and nine and one-half pounds, whereas he weighed but ninety, and measures five feet and two inches which is one and one-half inches more than he did. The past year she has received a third grade teacher certificate, and Mr. Lead better - the County Superintendent says, that if she wished to teach he would give her a second grade certificate. 1871. But we wish her to attend school more before she teaches. She is a consistent Christian girl, and sets a good example to her brothers and sister. She is a good singer, but does not love to play music as I wish she did. She does not practise on the Eolian unless I urge her to do so. She is quite expert in the different branches of house keeping, except in cooking, of which she is wholly unacquainted because she has not had an opportunity to learn. But I hope before long, to be able to work in the kitchen with the girls and teach them to cook. Mrs. Wallace called this morning. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 17. Sabbath. The weather today has been cloudy and windy and the night is very windy and rainy. The weather has not been suitable for me to go out in, so I have remained at home from church. Mr. McStay and Brother Roland dined with us and Mr. McStay is here for the night, Mrs. McStay left us this forenoon to go and wait upon Mrs. Harvey, who has a little daughter born today Mrs. McStay has been here four weeks sewing, and has, of course, assisted me a great deal. We expected her to stay only a few days when she came here, but Mrs. Harvey did not send for her as soon as she intended to do. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Dec. 18. Monday. The weather is very windy and rainy. The storm seems to have fairly set in. Many trees, both locusts and oaks, are being blown down. The large locust by the store granary has fallen. Mrs. Cole, we learn, was buried yesterday. An ovarian tumor, weighing six pounds, was taken from her last week, and several gallons of water were drawn off. She has been a sufferer from dropsy for a long time. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Dec. 19. Tuesday. The storm still continues at a fearful rate. The walls of our brick house are wet through. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.)

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January 1871

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