Delia Locke


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1872. Jan. 9. Tuesday. A rainy day. The river is over flowing again but the bottom is not entirely covered. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Jan. 10. Wednesday. The day has been cloudy and windy, and the night is rainy. Ada commenced attending school today. We intended she should commence on New Year's, but the chicken pox interfered to prevent. The store dog. "Tip" bit Charlie Spooner severely on the ear, and tore it badly. Charlie was out of place, and bothered the dog in some way, but the dog is too savage. We do not like him as well as we used to "Lion." Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon with Eddie. This evening, Howard joined the Lodge of Good Templars. I was not present. I have not been able to attend since the birth of the babe. The attendance on the Lodge is small this bad weather, and the Champions, of which Dr. is a member, do not prosper very well, because of disagreements. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Jan. 11. Thursday. Cloudy and windy day and rainy night. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 12. Friday. Weather remains the same, cloudy through the day, and rainy at night. Richard Geffroy called this evening, and Ada went home with him and visited Clara, who lives there. I have been to Mrs. McCall's to see about the boys' clothes which she is making. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 13. Saturday. Weather still cloudy. It is sister Susie's birthday, and I have been there visiting with the baby. I rode there and back with Geo. Mrs. Wallace and Sister Geffroy were also there. Susie is now thirty three years old. I had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Jan. 14. Sunday. No change in the weather - still cloudy. I have attended meeting for the first time in many weeks. Mr. Chester preached from the text, "Many, O Lord my God," are the wonderful works which 1872. thou hast done," and again this evening from the text, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden", etc. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 15. Monday. Still cloudy. Ada went this evening to the meeting of the Champions", to meet some of them at recess and get subscribers to the new book for which she is canvassing one of T. S. Arthur "Six Nights with the Washingtonians," She has good success thus far. She also has the agency for a very excellent "Family Bible," but as yet has no subscribers. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 16. Tuesday. The morning was cloudy, the afternoon pleasant. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Jan. 17. Wednesday. The weather is like the pleasant spring time. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Jan. 18. Thursday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 19. Friday. There is a change in the weather. It is foggy and cloudy. Geo. Thomason dined with us. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 20. Saturday. Foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 41.) Jan. 21. Sabbath. Still foggy and cloudy. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Chester preached a good sermon from the text, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth," etc. This evening there was no meeting in our church, and the children attended the preaching of the Methodist Elder Bruner. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Jan. 22. Monday. The morning was foggy and the day cloudy (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Jan. 23. Tuesday. Still foggy and cloudy. Dr. started for San Francisco this morning, to purchase goods. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Jan. 24. Wednesday. Very windy. A large white oak tree by the com-house fell, turned up by the roots. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 25. Thursday. This evening, I have been to Father's to attend the prayer meeting. We had a "quorum" seven, and "one in our midst." (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.)

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January 1872

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