Delia Locke


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1874. Jan. 20. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. S. L. Barid came home from their wedding trip today, and some of the neighbors went down and met them at their home, and had a nice dinner in waiting for them. I had a chance to go, but the weather was so cold that I could not accept. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 42.) Jan. 21. Wednesday. A cloudy day and a windy & rainy night Mr. Harpending was here to dinner, tea and all night. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Jan. 22. Thursday. Mr. Harpending breakfasted with us. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 23. Friday. I went to Mother's and dined and this afternoon I have called on Mrs. Stacy, Mrs. Pygall and Mrs. Haley three calls I have long been intending to make. (T.S.R. 31.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 42.) Jan. 24. Saturday. The forenoon was cloudy Miss Phelps dined with us. Mr. Harpending was here to tea and all night. (T.S.R. 32.2 P.M. 45. S.S. 41.) Jan. 25. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and rainy, but not so as to prevent our attending the S.S. Mr. Harpending is here. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 46.) Jan. 26. Monday. The weather was warm and pleasant, a thing very unusual. Mr. Harpending was here to breakfast. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.) Jan. 27. Tuesday. A foggy morning and a cloudy day. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Jan. 28. Wednesday. Rainy. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Jan. 29. Thursday. Little cloudy. A few of us met and organized a Woman's Missionary Society today. We met at Clara's. There were present, Susie's Mother, Mrs. Wallace and myself, besides Clara. We pledged ourselves to pay ten cents per month to the cause of Foreign Missions. Clara was chosen President, I was chosen Secretary and Mrs. Wallace - Treasurer. Five members are all we have at present. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) 1874. Jan. 30. Friday. Weather cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 31. Saturday. Forenoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 49.) Feb. 1. Sabbath. Cloudy. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Ross preached from the words, "Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here," etc. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Feb. 2. Monday. It was cloudy this morning and looked much like rain, but there has been so much rain lately we thought it would not rain hard, and so concluded to go to Stockton, take Eddie with us and get his pictures taken. So we started but it took us till five o'clock to get there, on account of the roads being so very muddy, and before we arrived, it rained very hard indeed. But we rode comfortably, and because we rode so very slowly, it was not so tiresome to me as it usually is. We stopped at the Avenue Hotel, Mr. Lyons, Proprietor. In the evening, Mrs. Russel and daughters, who formerly lived on our river, came in also other ladies, and we were entertained with singing and playing on the piano. Mrs. John Frost was also there. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 51.) Feb. 3. Tuesday. This morning we went with Eddie to the photograph saloon of Batchelder, and all had our pictures taken. Eddie could not have been a better boy than he was. He behaved like a little man, and we got splendid pictures of him Afterwards, I bought a braid for Ada's have and called on Mrs. Teas before dinner. We did not start home before five o'clock, and the roads were even worse than on yesterday, so we did not reach home till near midnight. A very cold wind blew in our faces, and we got quite chilled but the moon sleone brightly and the side was not unpleasant. "Found all night at home. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.)

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January 1874

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