Delia Locke


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1873. Nov. 6. Thursday. The weather is cloudy. Josiah called this afternoon. He has now finished his studies at San Francisco and graduated. He has not yet decided where he will settle. Mr. Harpending is here to tea and all night. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 61.) Nov. 7. Friday. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Nov. 8. Saturday. This is Clara's birthday. She is now twenty years old. A few of the friends and neighbors went in there this evening and made here a present of a baby wagon and high chair, "because she is so good to lead the music in meetings and sings," nother says. There were also three dollars for Mr. Ross. Mother, Ada and I took tea with them tonight. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 73. S.S. 67.) Nov. 9. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. It was communion season and Mrs. McClond united with the church. The text was, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him." Mr. Harpending is here for the night. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 68.) Nov. 10. Monday. Mr. Harpending left after breakfast. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) Nov. 11. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Nov. 12. Wednesday. A cloudy morning. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Nov. 13. Thursday. A little cloudy. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 55.) Nov. 14. Friday. Josiah called today. Mr. Wm. O. Clark of Drytown and son Horace came here tonight. He is G. W. R. of the Sons of Temperance, and has started out on a lecturing tour. He went round the world last year, and showed us some curiositees from China, Japan, Egypt, Italy and the Holy Land. He gave Ada a handsome box which he got in Yokahama, Japan Windy. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66. 1873. Nov. 15. Saturday. Mr. Clark and son left us after breakfast. He is to lecture near Stockton tonight. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.) Nov. 16. Sabbath. I was not able to attend the S. school today (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Nov. 17. Monday. Mr. Clark came back and lectured in our church this evening to a small audience. I did not attend, but the lecture is well spoken of. He and his son were to tea here and all night. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.) Nov. 18. Tuesday. Cloudy. Mr. Clark and son left for home after breakfast. It is interesting to hear him talk of what he saw in the Holy Land. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Nov. 19. Wednesday. The birthday of Willand and Hannah Willard is now eight years old and is as heavy as the heaviest. Howard as he weigh sixty pounds. But he is not as tall as Luther, Howard, Horace or Ida. He measures four feet and one-half inch. In his studies he is behind Luther, Ada, Howard and Ida in writing and Arithmetic, but in reading he is fully equal to his brothers, though he can not read as well as Ada and Ida. He is just beginning to write sentences, and has today written his first letter, which he sent to Grandmother Locke. He will soon complete the Second Reader and he with Mary is learning the Mutiplication Table, and tho' he cannot read as well as Mary, he is much better in Arithmetic. He learns a verse each week for S. school and is in Grandma's class. He has four permanent teeth, which is two more than Mary had, and two less than either of the others. He milks three cows regularly but does not ride horseback much, and is not so anxious to do so as the oldest boys were.

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January 1873

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