Delia Locke


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1873. Our dear Hannah is now six years old, weigh forty three pounds and is three feet, eight and one-half inches in height. Between her and Willard there are seventeen pounds and four inches. So though he has gained on her one pound in a year, she has gained on him one inch in height. She is taller than either of the others were, except Howard and Horace, but is only heavier than Ada and Mary were. She has not last any of her milk teeth yet. She reads in little words and is as forward in arithmetic as either of the others were, except Ada. Howard and Willard as she can count to a hundred and add and subtract a little. Her mind is naturally quick and strong, and we have kept her back in learning, that she might grow strong in body. She has been dilicate in health most of the year, but now thrives well. She learns Scripture verses very easily and attends S. school regularly. She is quite a singer too, and learns tunes readily. She sews patchwork pretty well, but is not fond of it, as she says she cannot "see good." Her hair curls in ringlets, as it always has done, without much trouble. She has a strong will, but is timid and retiring, and will not venture for on her own responsibility. When Mr. Clark left yesterday, he left her a birthday present of a pretty Japanese fan. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 57.) Nov. 20. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Nov. 21. Friday. A windy day. Mr. Harpending called. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.) Nov. 22. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Nov. 23. Sabbath. I have been to meeting today with the others. Mr. Ross preached what he called a Thanksgiving sermon in anticipation of next 1873. Thursday, because, as he told us two or three times, we have not been in the habit of having a meeting on Thanksgiving day. I thought he made a mistake, so I told him after meeting, that we had a very pleasant Thanksgiving service when Mr. Bishop was here, and also when Mr. Powell was here. And I might have added, when Mr. Blakeslee was here. He said, he had been told it was never our custom to have a meeting on Thanksgiving Day, but whoever told him was mistaken. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 24. Monday. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 25. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Nov. 26. Wednesday. Mr. Henshaw left us this mom. He has been in the store this time over three years. Luther and Ada will now assist their father in the store. Ada has now quite a knowledge of the business and will also be a Post Office Clerk, but Luther needs to learn it all, and I hope he will get interested in it, and do well. Geo. Lippe was here to dinner. He has sold his place over the river and is out of employment. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Nov. 27. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. The Methodist hold a dinner and Festival at the Brick Church for their own benefit. The Odd Fellow have a Ball and supper this evening to help pay off the debt incurred in fixing the Hall. We have had Mr. Ross and Clara and Mr. Harpending to dinner. Ida and Mary are stopping all night with Sarah, while her parents have gone to the Festival. I am so hoarse that I can hardly speak aloud. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Nov. 28. Friday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) Nov. 29. Saturday. Still cloudy. Eliza came in this afternoon. They are all stopping at Father's while a house is being fixed for them to live in, for Josiah is going in partnership with Dr.

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January 1873

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