Delia Locke


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1873.Oct. 21. Tuesday. Mother came in this morning. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Oct. 22. Wednesday. Yesterday was our usual washing day but the pump was out of repair, and being repaired, so we waited till today to wash, and by so doing, got the help of a new washing machine called the American Washer. The agent brought it this morning, and we concluded to have one. The price is $10. and it makes the washing much easier, especially for large pieces, such as bed clothing of all kinds, which it washes quickly and well. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Oct. 23. Thursday. Mother came with her horse and wagon just before night and invited me to ride with her to Susie's, which I did, as the weather was mild. Had a pleasant call. Found Susie doing the work for seventeen, and her babe but a little over a month old. Her babe is fat and large. Geo. obstinately persists in naming it John Gerould, the our boy is named for the same cousin. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) Oct. 24. Friday. Windy. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Oct. 25. Saturday. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Oct. 26. Sabbath. It was freezing cold this morning. We are having unusually cold weather for this time of the year. As they have no fire in the church, I deemed it not prudent, in my state of health, to attend the meeting. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Oct. 27. Monday. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 67. S.S. 56.) Oct. 28. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Oct. 29. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Oct. 30. Thursday. Our little Eddie Moore is now two years old, a pleasant little boy, who makes but little trouble. He talks very well indeed. This is the way he calls our names. Ruser (for Luther). Ada, Howard, (and Horace he calls the same), Ida, Mary, Willie, Hannah and Donny (for Johnny). He says his own name is Eddie 1873. Moore Rock, as the sound of L. troubles him. He asks and answers questions very intelligently. When he wishes for anything he asks, "Can I have it, mamma?" He uses the personal pronoun freely in all its forms, in speaking of himself, or he uses his name Eddie, just as it best suits him. When he wishes to know what is shut up in package or box, he asks, "What in it?" and when he wishes to know the name of anything new to him, he asks, 'What dis?" He loves to go to bed at night in his "kib" as he calls it, and will bid us all "goodnight." He is just as heavy as Horace Mann was - twentyseven and one-half pounds and he has all his teeth but two. He loves to play with a rope or hammer, and will amuse himself or play with the children, just as the case may be, very contentedly. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) Oct. 31. Friday. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Nov. 1. Saturday. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Nov. 2. Sabbath. I was not well enough to attend meeting. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 61.) Nov. 3. Monday. I have been in bed all day with the sick headache. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 59.) Nov. 4. Tuesday. Mother came in this morning. I am better. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Nov. 5. Wednesday. The weather has been cloudy and a little rainy. Dr. returned from Sac. City and at Mok. Station he met Mr. Howell the partner of Roland, and heard from Howard. He said Howard is growing very fast indeed, "he never saw a boy grow faster." As the cars were passing, he had not time to say more. Mr. Haspending called this afternoon. He is the teacher of the Brunswrick school, or has just finished the term there, and is also a preacher. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.)

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January 1873

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