Delia Locke


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1873. Feb. 14. Friday. I have been sick with headache today. The Committee have been very busy making arrangements for the Valentine's Party, and tonight it has passed off quite satisfactorily. All attended but the three youngest children and myself. The total receipts from admission fees, post office, grab bag and fish pond were about fifty dollars, and when the different bills are paid, there will be a balance of thirty five dollars and forty cents. Mr. McStay is still here. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 15. Saturday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Mr. McStay left us after breakfast. We have received word that Mr. Robbins is dead. After a sickness of more than a year with a cancer, he has at last passed away. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 16. Sabbath. A rainy morn and a very cold day. No preaching at our church. Dr. and Ada went to the brick church to the funeral of Mr. Robbins. Mr. Warren of the Home Missionary So. preached here in the evening, which I could not safely attend. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 42.) Feb. 17. Monday. Cold weather. Mr. Warren made us a short call this morning. Mrs. Wallace came in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Feb. 18. Tuesday. Cloudy, windy and showery. The ladies were to meet at Mr. Ross' today to organize a Sewing Circle, but the weather was so bad that they did not make much of a beginning. Mr. Wallace, Mrs. Stacy. Mother, Ellen White, Ada and Ida were there. I did not think best to go. Every one is to make such articles as they think best to be sold at a Fair, for church purposes. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Feb. 19. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Feb. 20. Thursday. A pleasant day - a real gem of Spring. And I embraced this day of pleasant weather to do what I have long wished to do, viz: go down to 1873. Mr. Simpson's, and get Eliza to make a dress for me. I bought it first at the store a black dress. Then Horace Mann drove the horses and we rode there, arriving just before dinner. Eliza expects Josiah will start for home next Sat. Her little babe is well, but quite small. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Feb. 21. Friday. Mrs. Norton called this afternoon, also Ellen White. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Feb. 22. Saturday. Have visited today with Susie and Clara at Mother's. Ellen White was also there. On our way home we stopped at Mrs. Wallace's. She and her husband are cleaning house. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Feb. 23. Sabbath. Afternoon cloudy. We have attended meeting and S. school today as usual. This is the last sabbath of Mr. Ross' first year here. He preached from the text "Cast ye up an highway, remove the stumbling - blocks out of the way," etc. Of late we have not been satisfied with Mr. Ross' preaching. It has been mostly in a fault finding way. It is doubtful whether we can raise his salary another year. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.) Feb. 24. Monday. We have had showers today, and this afternoon a thunder shower and hail storm so severe that the hail covered the ground almost like snow. Mrs. E. P. Megerle called this morning to solicit articles for a widow. Mrs. Sturgeon who is very destitute. Her husband was killed on the Railroad not long ago, and what is worse, he was a drunkard and did not provide well for his family while living. She is now left with the care of six children and has no property, not even a home. I shall do something for her. This afternoon, more solicitors for another object, called. Mrs. Wm Smith and Mrs. Waysman from Mokelumne wished for aid for a Festival to be given on the 6th of March for the benefit of the Methodist church there. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 42.)

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January 1873

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