Delia Locke


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1874. his Father's death. It seems that Dr. Moore walked that A. M. to the City Hall, and returning he stopped at Mr. White's Drug Store to rest himself. He had just remarked to Mr. White that he had not felt so well for six weeks as he did that day. And, sitting there, talking and smiling one of his own peculiar, pleasant smiles, all at once, he was dead. And Lawrence says that when he was in his coffin, the smile still lingered on his face. This was a pleasant way to leave the world, provided he was ready to go. He was seventy three years and three mos. old. It would have been pleasant to have met him again on earth, but we hope to meet him above, never more to part. I have written to Mother tonight and sent two dollars to purchase some clothes, perhaps, that were little Mary Bates. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) Oct. 6. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 73.) Oct. 7. Wednesday. We hear of the death of Mrs. McCall's baby boy, also of Mrs. Sadie Sager, who leaves a six months old baby motherless. Mr. Harpending is here for the night. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) Oct. 8. Thursday. Weather cloudy and windy. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.) Oct. 9. Friday. This morning we had a shower and a beautiful rain bow. (T.S.R. 71.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.) Oct. 10. Saturday. Mrs. Ellen Baird called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 11. Sabbath. I have attended meeting today, leaving baby with Mary. Mr. Ross preached, had for his theme the influence for good of the Christian religion, a beautiful subject, but not well handled. After the service. Benj. Thomas and Clara Starkey were married. She is a beautiful bride, only seventeen. Frank Starkey and Lizzie Thomas stood up with them. (T.S.R. 57.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 73.) Oct. 12. Monday. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) Oct. 13. Tuesday. Baby is two months old. We have decided to call her Eunice, after the heroine of the "Pepper and Salt Panta 1874. loons," whose story is in the "Book of the Lockes," Grandpa Locke also had a sister Eunice who died young, and I had a sweet cousin Eunice Hedge, who died when she was but a young wife, away from all the friends of her youth. She was much beloved and deeply lamented. Our little Eunice weighs twelve and one-eighth pounds. Her hair, which was so dark when she was born, is now a beautiful auburn, and is thick on her head. She has tried all her fingers and thumbs and has decided that the right thumb is the sweetest, so now she sucks it as her favorite. She is a quiet child. We have received a letter from Ada. She will be at home soon. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 58.) Oct. 14. Wednesday. We had a shower this eve. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Oct. 15. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 73. S.S. 71.) Oct. 16. Friday. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Oct. 17. Saturday. A cloudy day, and a letter rain this evening. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Oct. 18. Sabbath. Cloudy. I did not attend the S.S. I saw a letter from Mother saying they intend to start for home either tomorrow or next day. So they will soon be here again, if prospered. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Oct. 19. Monday. I wrote to Ada this morning, and this afternoon I have been making calls. I first went to Mrs. Ringer's to engage her to sew for Ada, while she is at home There I met Mrs. Pygall also. I then went to the store, then called on Mrs. Austin, who is about to move away, and then I went to see Mrs. Le Faber, who is quite sick. She went to work too soon after the birth of her babe, and is laid up in consequence. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Oct. 20. Tuesday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Oct. 21. Wednesday. Little cloudy. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 70. S.S. 67.) Oct. 22. Thursday. Cloudy with a little rain, a warm rain. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 60.) Oct. 23. Friday. Foggy and cloudy. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.) Oct. 24. Saturday. Cloudy. Ada arrived home today, for a short vacation, sees her little sister for the first time. She is looking and feeling well, succeeds well in school. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.)

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January 1874

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