Delia Locke


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1873. Mar. 25. Tuesday. Morn Cloudy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Mar. 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Mar. 27. Thursday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 62.) Mar. 28. Friday. I have been visiting at Mother's today, taking the little children with me. Josiah and family were there. They have named the babe Hattie. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 61.) Mar. 29. Saturday. Cloudy forenoon. Mr. Blakeslee called on his annual round for the Pacific. He seems as stirring as ever. His family have been East during the past year to the sixtieth anniversary of her parents' wedding. They had twelve or thirteen children, all now living but one and that one a son died a Union soldier, at the hands of the rebel, in Andersonville prison. This afternoon, received a call from Susie and Mrs. Greenlaw, whom I have not met before for many years. She now has four girls, the youngest six months old. They have buried an only son. She is in feeble health at present. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Mar. 30. Sabbath. No preaching in the church this morning. Mr. Ross went to the Station, now to be called Lodi. Mr. Blakeslee preached this eve but I was not able to go and hear him. He reviewed the past and spoke of the first time he preached in Locke ford twelve years ago. Eddie Moore is now seventeen months old, and has nearly as many teeth as his number of months as he has sixteen. He has been improving very fast in running around and talking, during the past month. He seems much as John C. did about talking, as he can speak nearly all our names, most of them plainly. Only Howard of all the children had as many teeth as he had and he is the "champion" in size as he weighs twenty six pounds, while Luther, who was the largest until now weighed but twenty five. 1873. He has cut his teeth so easily that he has not lost flesh at all. He plays out of doors with the children a great part of the time, and nothing suits him better when he is tired, than to be laid in his crib, so that he is but little trouble. Mr. Vischer dined with us. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Mar. 31. Monday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 61.) Apr. 1. Tuesday. The Sewing Circle met at Susie's today but I was not able to go. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Apr. 2. Wednesday. The day was cloudy and windy with a little rain at night, but not enough to do much good, for rain is now greatly needed. The eve is cold. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 53.) Apr. 3. Thursday. This afternoon I have spent at Mrs. Brunel's in company with thirteen others, at a quilting party. The weather was cold and showery with a very beautiful rainbow at night. We came home in the rain, but the temperature is too cold for much rain. It seems more like snowing. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Apr. 4. Friday. Cold. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 44.) Apr. 5. Saturday. There has been frost severe enough for two mornings, to kill the early potatoes. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Apr. 6. Sabbath. A windy day, and for several days I have been troubled with asthma, so that I could not go to meeting. Mary now completes her ninth year, and she is the smallest of all the children thus far, as she measures just four feet and weighs fifty three pounds. But she is quite active and persevering, and has made good improvement the past year though she has grown so very little. She now reads pretty well with Willie in the Second Reader (McGuffey's) but has very little ideas of Arithmetic, though she has improved some. But it is in writing that she has progressed most, as she

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January 1873

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