Delia Locke


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1874. Apr. 30. Thursday. The forenoon was very cold and rainy. Heavy showers quickly succeeded each other. The afternoon was quite pleasant, and we have been to the Missionary Meeting at Susie's Six members were present, viz: Mrs. Pygall, Mrs. Wallace, Clara, Mother, Susie and myself. Also about as many or more visitors, and all were invited to tea. The prayer meeting is there this evening, but I felt sick and came home early with Mr. Ross. It rains again this evening. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 55.) May 1. Friday. Hannah Geffroy and her children with Emma Staples have come from Brooklyn and are at Mother's to visit. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) May 2. Saturday. Susie had a sewing bee at her house for Mother's benefit, as Mother is intending to go East soon on a visit. I was invited, but did not feel able to go. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 67. S.S. 62.) May 3. Sabbath. The great dread of my life - the asthma - has attacked me again. Now that I had been quite free for about six months, I had begun to hope that I should never more be troubled as formerly. But it came upon me today suddenly and very violently and continued through the day and night, and I could get but little relief. I have never had a much worse attack, and it is very discouraging to me. The morning, was foggy and the afternoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.) May 4. Monday. A cloudy afternoon again. I am not much better. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) May 5. Tuesday. Weather cloudy and rainy. I am better, but still feeble. Mrs. Wallace came in to see me. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) May 6. Wednesday. The afternoon was showery and cloudy. I gain slowly. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) May 7. Thursday. Weather still cloudy and showery. This morning Susie called with Roland and Hannah Geffroy. Hannah is going home today. Roland has left the Sheep Ranch for a visit. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) 1874. May 8. Our anniversary day once more. We have now been married nineteen years. It does not seem so long. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) May 9. Saturday. I went to Mother's to help her quilt. Susie was also there. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) May 10. Sabbath. When we entered the S. school this morn we were pleasantly surprised to see Mr. Blakeslee there. He has come for his yearly visit, and his visits are welcome. He seems just as earnest and untiring in the good work as ever. He is to preach this evening. We have had our communion season today, and five united with us, viz: Mr. & Mrs. John Haley and Fanny Nause by letter, and Mr. & Mrs. Le Faber on profession of faith. Mr. Ross preached from the text, "Then they that gladly received the word were baptized," etc. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 72. S.S. 63.) May 11. Monday. Mr. Blakeslee took tea with us and will stop over night. His daughter Helen is teaching in Oakland. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) May 12. Tuesday. Mr. Blakeslee left us after breakfast. Shortly after, Mr. Ross came in and offered to take me with him to the funeral of Mr. Geo. Chrisman, who died on Sunday night. I concluded to go with him, and we started about ten o'clock, and Mrs. John Haley also with us. Arrived at the house, we found Mr. Hanson just commencing the exerises. He spoke from the words, "Man dieth and wasteth away, yea, man giveth up the ghost," etc. Mrs. Chrisman is now left a window, with four little sons. Just now, she is sick, and is much to be pitied in her bereavement. He had but a short sickness, and probably was not prepared to go. He was a member of the Grange, and that Society has charge of the funeral ceremonies. Geo. and Susie offered me a ride in their buggy home, which I gladly accepted, as being more comfortable than to ride with Mr. Ross. The funeral procession came very slowly, and we stopped and dined at home.

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January 1874

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