Delia Locke


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1874. Jan. 1. And now commences the new year amid tears and gloom, for it is rainy. What its ending shall be, "knoweth no man," but the "Father only." (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 53.) Jan. 2. Friday. A shower in morning. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 3. Saturday. I went to Clara's this afternoon. Mother and Clara, Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and the children and Susie and baby were also there. Clara had a nice supper, with roast duck and chicken, and we had a pleasant visit. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Jan. 4. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. I took charge of a class of boys, it being necessary to constitute another class. There are seven of them, my own Willie, Elmer, Gordon Foote, two Jordan boys, John Inglis and Julins Bruml. I know it will often be necessary for me to be absent, and I would willingly put this duty upon some one more competent than myself, but I delight to do what I can in this department of service for the Lord, and I know He will give me strength, as I go along. We had communion service, and Geo. Mowry and wife united with the church, he by profession and she by letter. He was baptized. She has been a member of the Methodist Church So. We are glad of these additions. (T.S.R. 30.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 44.) Jan. 5. Monday. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 45.) Jan. 6. Tuesday. Little cloudy. I have been quite sick with the sick headache. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Jan. 7. Wednesday. Forenoon foggy. We have no bright days. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Jan. 8. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 44. S.S. 43.) Jan. 9. Friday. Foggy and cloudy and cold. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 43. S.S. 41.) Jan. 10. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 43. S.S. 41.) Jan. 11. Sabbath. There is no change in the weather. It is still cloudy and cold. We have attended the S.S. and I took Eddie with us for the first 1874. time. I have not taken him before, because I do not have time to prepare so many children in time for the S.S. But he must now take his turn with the others. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 43. S.S. 41.) Jan. 12. Monday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 44. S.S. 41.) Jan. 13. Tuesday. Cloudy. A teacher, by name Mr. Davis looking for a school, stopped with us over night. Cold weather. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 41. S.S. 42.) Jan. 14. Wednesday. Weather still cloudy with light showers. Mr. Davis left us after breakfast. At eleven o'clock, we went to the meeting house and saw Ellen White married to Mr. S. L. Barid by Mr. Ross. She was dressed in blue. After the ceremony, every body was invited to Mr. Wallace's house, and those that went were treated with cake. Mr. & Mrs. Baird then started on a trip to Santa Cruz. Mrs. G. Mowry came in this afternoon. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 15. Thursday. The day has been cloudy and windy with light showers, but the night is very windy and rainy. When shall we have fair weather again? (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 62.) Jan. 16. Friday. The morning was very rainy and to night the river is overflowing, and the water running across the bottom. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 61. S.S. 53.) Jan. 17. Saturday. The morning was very windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.) Jan. 18. Sabbath. Mr. G. McStay and Josephine Cahill were married in our church by Mr. Ross after the morning service. I did not feel well and did not go to meeting today. They are to live in Ellis. The afternoon was showery. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 19. Monday. Weather still cloudy and rainy. The school commenced this morning. Mr. Elijah Frost teacher. The weather is not favorable, but the school is large. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 44.)

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January 1874

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