Delia Locke


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1873. now writes very neatly, and keeps a daily Journal, which she commenced at New Year's. She has also written some letters. She is not easy to commit to memory, and learns but one verse a week for Sunday school. She sews patchwork quickly, and well and is very good to take care of little ones, of whom she is very fond. Her face is freckled and her hair and eyes are very light. She has six permanent teeth, the same number that Horace had, and two less than the others. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 64. S.S.58.) Apr. 7. Monday. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 58.) Apr. 8. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) Apr. 9. Wednesday. I am still sick with asthma. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) Apr. 10. Thursday. Ida's birthday. She is now eleven years old, and the tallest child of all thus far, as she measures four feet and nine inches. But though she is the tallest, she also weighs the least, sixty nine and three - fourths pounds, being very slender, and not so strong as Ada was Perhaps this is because she grows tall so fast, for she tires very easily. she is a great help to me, washes and irons nealty, and sews on the machine one hour on each school day and two hours on Saturday, sweeps, makes beds and crochets. She is much sprightlier about her work than Ada, but has less patience, and does not like to be confined to one thing long at a time. In her studies, she is now making good advancement under Bro. Josiah as teacher, she and Horace are together at school as usual, and she rather leads him. She is a great reader and devours all the stories that come in her way, so that I have to check her. She is a good, affectionate girl. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 67.) 1873. Apr. 11. Friday. Ida has had a little party tonight in honor of her birthday, postponed until tonight on account of the prayermeeting last evening. Sarah and Elmer, Amelia Buml, Mattie Patton Lura Smith and Florence Brakeman were here, and the two latter remained over night. Others were invited, but could not come. They had refreshment in the evening and played games. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 59.) Apr. 12. Saturday. Mother called with Mrs. McCloud this afternoon the weather is cold. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.) Apr. 13. Sabbath. The weather is so windy and I have such as bad cough, that I could not go to meeting. Though so near the meeting house, it has not been often, for the past six months, that I have had the privilege of attending church. "a cross to bear." (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 63.) Apr. 14. Monday. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Apr. 15. Tuesday. I was not able to attend the meeting of the Sewing Circle at Mr. Stacy's. Just at night Josiah and family came to stop here till Friday night and visit around with Hannah Geffroy and family who are here from Stockton and stopping at Mother's, Now those who are well can have a "great time" visiting. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M.80. S.S. 74.) Apr. 16. Wednesday. My husband has now lived half a century. The cares of life press upon him heavily, and he does not take much social enjoyment as he goes along, not so much as I wish he could, for I think it would be much better for him to look upon things less anxiously. But I trust he is learning to "look aloft" more than formerly, deriving strength and comfort from the true source. Our first born is now seventeen years old, and he is much larger than his "mamma", for he weighs one hundred and thirty five pounds and is five

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January 1873

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