Delia Locke


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1873. July 6. Sabbath. We have attended the S. school. No preaching. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 78.) July 7. Monday. The threshers came here tonight. It is John Herr's steam thresher, which Luther goes with. He is bucking straw. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) July 8. Tuesday. We went out to see the threshers this morn. They finished about nine A.M. and left. Mrs. Wallace called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 75.) July 9. Wednesday. Eliza called a few minutes this morning. She came from Stockton last eve with Dr. is going home this P.M. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 10. Thursday. This is the warmest day we have had this summer. A cool summer it has been when the thermometer has not risen above 95º to this date. A sad accident occurred today Jake Sherman, at work near the Calaveras, in company with reapers, stacking grain, fell upon a derrick fork, two tines of which went into his body, causing almost instant death. He pulled himself off, staggered away and died. The funeral is to be tomorrow. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 80.) July. 11. Friday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) July. 12. Saturday. I received a letter from Adda Brown saying that her mother has another son born last month. Adda is teaching school. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) July 13. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Ross had a sweet theme for his sermon, "Christ all, and in all." I enjoyed both it and the S.S. much. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 74.) July 14. Monday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) July 15. Tuesday. There were a few drops of rain this morn and the forenoon was cloudy. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) 1873. July 16. Wednesday. Mrs. Mowry came in this forenoon. She is going to stop for a while with her mother-in-law, while her husband follows the thresher. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 80.) July 17. Thursday. Mary Pygall and Louisa Cahill dined with us, and they with our girls went to Sarah's quilting party which she has in honor of her thirteenth birthday, soon to occur. I went to the prayermeeting this eve at Mr. Ross'. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 96. S.S. 85.) July 18. Friday. Mrs. John Smith came this afternoon and stayed till after tea. She is to have a Florence Sewing Machine. (T.S.R. 68. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 85.) July 19. Saturday. This very warm day Howard completes his fourteenth year, and he is by much the largest of the three children who have attained that age. He is five feet and four inches in height and he weight one hundred and twelve pounds. He is larger than I am, active and strong and capable for work. But he is restless and changeable and does not like to follow one kind of work too long at a time. He desired much to follow a threshing machine this summer, but his father wishes him to herd the stock while Luther is away, and does not feel that he can spare him. But Howard chafes under the home restraints and longs to be a man for himself. I do so long to see him fairly started in the path which leadeth unto life everlasting. He is genial and pleasant in disposition, a good companionable boy, generally quite ready to own his faults, and not hard to manage. In his studies he progressed well while he was at school and learns with but little effort. He is in the back part of the arithmetic and is very fond of music - can sing well. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 91.)

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January 1873

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