Delia Locke


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1873. feet and seven inches in height. He is fast developing into manhood, and has never given us much trouble by hanging round saloons or seeking bad company. He usually spends his evenings quietly reading at home, as a good boy ought. But he does not love hard study as we wish he might, indeed he is averse to hard work of any kind, except riding after stock. But I think this is because he is growing so fast, and trust he will yet be an earnest worker in every good cause. He attends the Lodge regularly, also meeting and S. school, but is not much interested in the latter. Our three older boys are now in the Bible Class, which is managed better than formerly. I long to see my dear sons all good Christians. The birthday cake will be cut tomorrow, as we expect friends to visit us. They are today at Susie and I was invited there, but was not able to go. Eliza and family went after breakfast, and came back at night. The weather is cloudy. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) Apr. 17. Thursday. Weather cloudy with a little rain in the morning. Hannah Geffroy and children, Bro. & Sis. Ross, Josiah and family, Susie and daughters and Mother, were here, part of them at dinner and past at tea. I have had the sick headache all day and could not enjoy visiting much. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Apr. 18. Friday. This afternoon I went to Clara's with the other friends. Josiah took his family home after tea. A cold wind sprung up at night. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Apr. 19. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Apr. 20. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and rainy. On this account and weakness could not attend meeting, but the rain is very refreshing, and is very much needed at the present time to 1873. bring out the crops. Mr. Ross did not preach and Josiah read a sermon, by his request. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 59.) Apr. 21. Monday. Susie called on her way to Mother's. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Apr. 22. Tuesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 63.) Apr. 23. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 65.) Apr. 24. Thursday. Mr. John Norton's babe, aged four months, died this morning. It has been sick but a short time. They live at the ferry place, which he purchased last fall. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 63.) Apr. 25. Friday. The funeral of Mrs. Norton's babe took place from the Brick Church today. The weather was so cold that I dared not expose myself to it, as I am still troubled with asthma. Dr. went with Ada and Hannah. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) Apr. 26. Saturday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Apr. 27. Sabbath. I have attended meeting today with the others. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Out of the month of babes and sucklings," etc. He received the inspiration for this sermon at the S. S. Convention, held last week at San Francisco, which he and Clara attended. He presented motives for parents and teachers to labor for the early conversion of children. Mrs. Huntington was at church. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 55.) Apr. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Apr. 29. Tuesday. This afternoon, taking little Eddie, I went to the Sewing Circle at Clara's. On my way, I called on Mrs. Mowry, at the Blakeslee House, and invited her to go with me. They are strangers in the place, just come from Missouri. She had the toothache and did not feel like going. There were seven of us at the Circle. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

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January 1873

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