Delia Locke


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1874. Feb. 4. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Feb. 5. Thursday. Wallace (Mrs.) called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Feb. 6. Friday. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 7. Saturday. Mrs. Pygall and Mrs. Starkey called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Feb. 8. Sabbath. Weather cloudy. We have attended the Sunday School, all but Dr. and Luther, who were unexpectedly called another way. Last night came a letter from Otto, saying that he had sold five hundred sheep of those belonging to Locke & Bergenheim, taken the money and left the sheep camp in the care of two strangers In fact, he was tried of the business, and instead of getting out of it in an honorable way, he had concluded to run away. He wrote from San Francisco, and said that when he had mailed that letter, he should "leave." So as the sheep were left in that way and some hundreds of them scattered and lost, Dr. was obliged to leave everything and go to them at once. He sent Luther to the Blue Mountain Ranch, to get a man there who had been wanting a position as sheep herder, to come immediately, and he himself started for Salt Spring Valley, where the sheep are. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Feb. 9. Monday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 10. Tuesday. Weather cloudy, windy and rainy, and very much rain fell. Mrs. Prince dined here. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51.) Feb. 11. Wednesday. We have had showers this afternoon. I received a letter from Dr. and answered it. Dr. writes that Otto sold 500 sheep at four dolls. a head, amounting to $2000. and took the money and left. It was not due him, so it was the same as stolen. We knew that Otto was a bad manager, but did not know before that he was a thief. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) 1874. Feb. 12. Thursday. Weather cloudy and showery. But not so as to prevent my having a quilting party, which I had previously arranged. I am quilting a woollen quilt for the crib. Mother came this forenoon, and Clara, Mrs. Isaac Smith and Mrs. Wallace came this afternoon. Others did not come on account of the weather. Luther arrived from the Sheep Camp tonight. Dr. cannot come yet, as the lost sheep are not found (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Feb. 13. Friday. Cloudy and rain. Wrote to Dr. Moore of Boston, and sent him our pictures. He has been wanting Eddie's - his little namesake - a long while. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 47.) Feb. 14. Saturday. I received a letter from Dr. and wrote one to him. He is progressing slowly in finding sheep. Susie came intending to be in time to help me quilt, but was detained so as to arrive only just before night. She and Mr. Rice stayed to tea. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 15. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Preach the gospel to every creature." (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Feb. 16. Monday. Weather a little cloudy. I went in to see Mrs. Ed. Smith, who is very sick, and mostly confined to her bed. She has the hectic flush, the labored breathing and the cough of the consumptive. She cannot speak above a whisper. I think I have seen her for the last time on earth. Mother came and helped me finish my quilt this afternoon. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Feb. 17. Tuesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 51.) Feb. 18. Wednesday. In early mom, before light, we had a snow and hail storm, and the day has been cold and windy. Mrs. Hill dined with us. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Feb. 19. Thursday. Dr. came home from Milton today. They have found most of the sheep, and he has left Mr. Steel in charge. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Feb. 20. Friday. Windy. Frank Gay is here. Dr. is about to hire him to assist in the store in Ada's place. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 55.)

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January 1874

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