Delia Locke


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1872. We have been to a meeting to make arrangements for another S.S. Concert, to be held next month. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Oct. 22. Tuesday. We have made Bro. & Sister Ross a Donation surprise party this eve, and this is how we managed it. Mrs. Wallace invited them to her house to tea and while they were absent, we took possession of the house, lighted it all over, spread one table with gifts and another with food, and then sent for them by the children to come home. Mrs. Pygall told them to say to Mr. Ross that "there was a couple who wanted to be married," which we all thought was no fib. So they came home in haste, and opened their eyes wide at our boldness in appropriating the house to ourselves. The hours passed off pleasantly, ending with singing and eating. The house was as full as could be seated comfortably. Some of the gifts were these a bed spread, comforter, large framed picture and corner bracket in the furniture line, besides towels, glass and crockery sauce dishes, fresh apples, pears and grapes, dried fruit, preserves, butter, flour, tea and live poultry. All together, (and I have forgotten a purse of money $21. which Ada had collected on the salary, and gave him at the time) it was a pleasant affair. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Oct. 23. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Oct. 24. Thursday. Alice Montgomery came to tea, to go with the children to the rehearsal for the Concert. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Oct. 25. Friday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Oct. 26. Saturday. Early this morning we had a shower of rain. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Oct. 27. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Bear ye one another's burdens." This eve, after preaching, a delegate was elected to attend a meeting in Stockton tomorrow for the purpose of destinossing Dr. Holbrook. It seems the 1872. church there cannot keep him at his present salary even with the aid of the A. H. M. Society. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 45.) Oct. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 49.) Oct. 29. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Oct. 30. Wednesday. Eddie Moore is now one year old, a fine healthy boy weighing twenty two pounds. Only Luther was larger than he is, and only Ada and Howard had more teeth, for he has eight and Ida also had the same number. In talking he is as forward as any of the children, for he says "Ada" "Ida" and "papa" plainly. He still creeps, as he has for more than a month, also gets up and stands by things very firmly. His hair is thick and good. The baby mark on his forehead shows a little yet but I think it will soon be too faint to be seen. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 65.) Oct. 31. Thursday. This afternoon, I rode to Stockton in company with my husband. He was going to remain over night, and I thought it a good opportunity for me to go and make some purchases. So I took only Hannah with me. We thought we would pass the night with Bro. and Sister Geffroy. It was quite dark when we reached town, and we had some difficulty in finding where they lived, for since they went to boarding, they have changed houses. But after a while we found them, opposite the United Brethren Church. The landlady's name is Mrs. Teas, and we were made as welcome as possible under the circumstances, for they have but just moved to this place. The Geffroy family are all well & contented. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Nov. 1. Friday. In Stockton. I went out with Dr. this morning to make purchases and about noon I took Hannah to Spooner's Photograph Rooms and had her pictures taken. This is a gratification to me, as we had no good pictures of her. After a late dinner we started homeward, arriving here at suppertime, to find all well. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 62.)

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January 1872

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