Delia Locke


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1873. Jan. 29. Wednesday. Mr. Ballon made a short call, says he is going to be married, did not say who was to be the bride. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Jan. 30. Thursday. Weather cloudy with a little rain. Eddie is now fifteen months old, fat and well, but he has not been weighed today as the weather is so bad. However, I know by previous weights that only Luther weighed more than he does. He has now nine teeth, so that only Ada, Howard and John Calvin were more forward in this respect. He now begins to walk very well, and is leaving off his creeping. He also tries to talk some says "I do" plainly, and "ote door" for "open door," and "aw Jaw" for "all gone." He has a nice thick head of hair, and a large square face. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Jan. 31. Friday. It has been very windy today and is rainy also. Dr. has returned from San Francisco (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Feb. 1. Saturday. It is rainy today and almost cold enough for snow. I have been sick in bed most of the day with sore throat and headache. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Feb. 2. Sabbath. The forenoon was showery. I was not able to attend meeting. My throat is very sore. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 44.) Feb. 3. Monday. Weather cloudy and windy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 48.) Feb. 4. Tuesday. Rainy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Feb. 5. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Feb. 6. Thursday. A pleasant day - a gem of Spring - and one to be improved - for pleasant days this year are few and far between. Received a very pleasant call from Mrs. Wagner and "Ishie". She is one whom I do not often meet with, but there is something very enjoyable in her company. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) 1873. Feb. 7. Friday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 53.) Feb. 8. Saturday. A very rainy day. I have never mentioned a plant which was presented to me by the Chinamen at China New Years' time. It is like the narcissus, some say it is the same plant, but it is growing in a dish among pebbles with water around it, but no dirt, and water has to be supplied to it every day. It has commenced to bloom, and will soon be all covered with blossoms. The Chinamen said it would not grow in the ground but some say it will. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Feb. 9. Sabbath. The morning was rainy, and the ground was so wet, that I could not go to church with the others. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 46.) Feb. 10. Monday. The morning was foggy. I wrote a letter to Mother Locke, then went to the store and to Mrs. Wallace's, and made a short call. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Feb. 11. Tuesday. The morning was windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 53.) Feb. 12. Wednesday. Cloudy and rainy. But the state of the weather did not prevent us from meeting at Clara's for the purpose of making articles for the fish - pond and grab - bag to be had at the Valentine party, under the auspices of the Good Templars. There were present. Mother, Ellen White, Alice Hamilton, Amelia Bruml, Ada and myself, and when the stage arrived. Mr. McStay came in it. He being a member of the Lodge, has come to help off the exhibition. He, Mother and I were all that remained to tea. He has attended the Lodge with the others, and is here for the night. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 50.) Feb. 13. Thursday. A windy day. Mr. McStay still here. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.)

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January 1873

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