Delia Locke


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1874. We sang but once, and then at the grave, Rock of Ages, etc. We had the hearse from Wood bridge, and a beautiful coffin, with wreaths and bouquets of white flowers. She was dressed in her black alapacca dress with lace and white ribbon at the throat and wrists, and the pretty lace cap on her head, which Aunt Mary gave her, and which she prized so much. There were between thirty and forty carriages in the procession. After the funeral we all went back to Father's, took supper and passed the evening, in talking about our loved one in singing and prayer. Father bears up wonderfully under his loss. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Dec. 1. Tuesday. Today we have spent at Father's, by his request, looking over and putting away Mother's things. I had not received the things which had been sent me from the East, except the brass and irons mentioned above. Rebecca Wheting sent me a beautiful toilet cushion and there were pictures, books and cards for the children. Then the dresses which Joan sent, two paid for and another which I shall buy of Father. We went up in the chamber and tried to clear it. O the work which Mother had planned. We shall never know it all. But there was another rag carpet commenced, and rags by the bushels. We laid away her clothes, etc. each of us taking some keepsake. I have Mother's silver thimble, a necktie and a new bonnet, which she bought in the East. Then there is a breastpin for Ada and a needle book for Ida. Susie has the album bed quilt upon which Mother spent so many of her last hours, in quilting it. Clara has her earrings and sewing machine, Hannah a breastpin and neck ribbon, etc. We found the necktie Father wore when they were married, and Horace took it. (T.S.R. 49.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Dec. 2. Wednesday. Foggy and cloudy. We went to Father's again and took dinner, then separated - the Geffroys and Horace going home. I have written to Ada, but shall not sent it till Friday, that the sad news may not interfere with her examination. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 3. Thursday. Cloudy forenoon. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Dec. 4. Friday. Roland and Eliza called this eve. Josiah and Eliza are now to live at Father's and board him and John, and they have moved. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Dec. 5. Saturday. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Dec. 6. Sabbath. A foggy morning. We have all been to meeting but Willard and Eunice. Mr. Ross had a sermon against covetousness. Mr. Harpending is here. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Dec. 7. Monday. Another foggy morn. Mr. Harpending is here. Received a letter from Ada, recording the sudden death of one of the Normal girls. I have today written to Aunts Mary and Olive, about Mother's death. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 49.) 1874. Dec. 8. Tuesday. Foggy. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 48.) Dec. 9. Wednesday. Foggy & cloudy. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Dec. 10. Thursday. Still foggy & cloudy. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 47.) Dec. 11. Friday. Still foggy & cloudy. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 44. S.S. 44.) Dec. 12. Saturday. Weather still foggy and cloudy and chilly. We have had to finish drying the clothes in the house, for it if they had hung out from Mond. morn. to Sat. night, they would still be wet. From accounts we learn that the fog extends over most of the State, and even in England & on the continent of Europe they are having dangerous fogs and storms. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Dec. 13. Sabbath. Cloudy. I expected to have gone to S. school, but different things prevented me, much to my disappointment. Eunice is now, four months old, and is the smallest of all the eleven, weighing twelve and one-half pounds. The smallest before were Ada and John, who weighed fourteen and one-half. But Eunice seems strong and well, if she is little, and I am sure I ought not to wish her to be very heavy, when I am so weak. She is very quiet, and looks at her hands and begins to try to take hold of things. She still has her pretty auburn hair on the top of her head, though it is worn off the back. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Dec. 14. Monday. Still cloudy. Received a letter from Ada, saying that by examination recently held, she is entitled to 3rd grade State certificate. I have written to Uncle Benj. Hammond & Aunt Mary. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Dec. 15. Tuesday. A rainy forenoon, but this afternoon the weather seems to have really cleared off. I have written to Ada a birthday letter, to be sent tomorrow. (T.S.R. 43.2 P.M. 45. S.S. 45.) Dec. 16. Wednesday. Our dear Ada is today seventeen years old, and we cannot give her a birthday greeting, for she is far away at school at San Jose. But we feet satisfied that she is doing well for herself and therefore for us. She is not as heavy by ten pounds as Luther was, as she weighs one hundred and twenty five, and is much shorter, as her height is just mine, five feet and three inches. She has not grown any for a year past. Perhaps she will not grow any more. She is a dear, good and affectionate girl, and I trust there is for her a bright future. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 43.) Dec. 17. Thursday. (T.S.R. 33.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 42.) Dec. 18. Friday. (T.S.R. 28.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 42.) Dec. 19. Saturday. A letter from Ada states that she is coming home next week to Christmas vacation. (T.S.R. 30.2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Dec. 20. Sabbath. Foggy forenoon. I was disappointed in not being able to attend meeting. Cold. (T.S.R. 28.2 P.M. 41. S.S. 41.) Dec. 21. Monday. Foggy evening. (T.S.R. 29.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 41.) Dec. 22. Tuesday. Foggy and cloudy. Mrs. Norton called, also Mrs. Emma Staples, who is here from Brooklyn visiting. (T.S.R. 31.2 P.M. 41. S.S. 40.)

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January 1874

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