Delia Locke


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1872. Dec. 2. Monday. Weather still cloudy. Mrs. Vincent and Ellen Bacon called here. Mrs. V. has been there since Thanksgiving, but will not long remain. She has had the charge of Mr. Allard's two children, while she taught school. Susie and Eliza called here this eve. They are at Mother's for the night. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 3. Tuesday. Ada and Louisa Cahill went into Stockton today to attend the County Teacher's Examination and try for certificates. As I am too poorly to be left alone for the night, Eliza and her children have come to stay with me till Dr. returns. Weather cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 4. Wednesday. A cloudy day with showers at night. Eliza and children are still here, and Katie is quite sick, stuffed at the lungs. Mother, Clara and Ellen White called just at night. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 5. Thursday. The morning was cloudy. After dinner, Eliza went home with Mr. Ross. Katie is better. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 6. Friday. Morning foggy. Susie made a short call (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 7. Saturday. Ada came home from Stockton today with Mr. Cahill and Louisa, having passed a seven examination this time. She thinks they both failed of getting certificates. They boarded where the Geffroys do. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Dec. 8. Sabbath. The forenoon was foggy. I have not been able to attend meeting, but I am gaining slowly in health. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 9. Monday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 10. Tuesday. Clara commences to teach a singing school this eve in the meeting house. Fee one dollar for twelve lessons. Five of the children will probably attend. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 11. Wednesday. Clara offered to take me out to ride today in their buggy, so I accepted the offer, and went 1872. a short distance. We stopped a few minutes before Mrs. Foote's door, and had a little talk with her. She has been sick and is better. The short ride was quite fatiguing to me. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Dec. 12. Thursday. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Dec. 13. Friday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Dec. 14. Saturday. This morning, I thought a little walk to see Clara would do me good. So I went, but I think it would have been better for me if I had stayed at home, for the asthma has attacked me again, quite violently. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Dec. 15. Sabbath. The members of the S. school voted to change the hour of meeting from 10 o'clock to the close of the sermon, because the mornings are so short. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Dec. 16. Monday. The birthday of our dear Ada. She is now fifteen years old, not quite as tall as I am, but heavier and much stronger. She is also larger than Luther was taller by one inch, and heavier by almost nine pounds. She is five feet, two and one-half inches in height, and weighs one hundred and fourteen and three fourths pounds. She is very well and is a great help to me, since I have been so poorly. She has a teacher's certificate, and thinks of going away to teach soon, but I cannot see how I can spare her. Ida is not yet old enough to have much care for the family. Ada has not yet learned to cook, as I cannot be in the kitchen to teach her. I had hoped to dispense with the China cook the coming year, and have the girls do the cooking, but my health forbids it, as I cannot work with them. But I am so thankful that I am not confined to the bed. Ada does her own sewing washing & ironing, in addition to other things. (T.S.R. 26. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.)

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January 1872

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