Delia Locke


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1875. Jan. 22. Friday. And now while the rain is steadily falling many men, with sad hearts, are searching for the body of E. Smith. Some are wondering on foot over the wet sands, some are in boats dragging the water holes with grappling hooks and long ropes, and others are talking of going to the river and stopping the broken levee, that no more water can come down. When suddenly, a great shout is heard - "He is found he is found!" It is his father who calls, rather screams, and the tidings spread like wild fire. Sadly his father was walking, below where others were searching, scarcely looking, scarcely experting to find anything. Some one spoke to him and asked, "Is he found?" No, "answers the father, and glancing backwards over his shoulder, that moment discovers him, only his coat at first, but on going to him, finds him lying face down wards, with his coat turned up so as to stifle him. They bring him up immediately and wash him and dress him for burial in our wagon-shed. And while the bell tolls, he is taken to his home to be taken out but once more, and forever. His age was twentyseven. God grant that in the last moment he was forgiven and prepared to die. Tonight, Mrs. Mowry and I have been to the house. He looks as if sleeping, for having lain on his face the blood settled there, and gives him a fresh look, instead of a pale one. How can his mother bear this trial? Only by the grace of God. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 50. S.S. 51.) Jan. 23. Saturday. A very rainy day. They have buried E. Smith by the brick church. Notwithstanding the pouring rain, a large collection of people were there. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Jan. 24. Sabbath. Cloudy. I was not well enough to attend the S. school. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 56.) Jan. 25. Monday. Windy. Reid letter from Ada. They, also, have had a heavy rain, and flood are the order of the day. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) 1875. Jan. 26. Tuesday. Very windy. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 45.) Jan. 27. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Jan. 28. Thursday. Cloudy afternoon. (T.S.R. 30.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Jan. 29. Friday. I have written today to Cousin Sarah A. Hammond. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 51. S.S. 47.) Jan. 30. Saturday. Susie came here and took a lesson in stuffing birds from Horace Mann. She applied to Frank Gay to teach her, as he had taught Horace, and he promised to do so, but backed out. We think there is a patent on the preserving powders, and that he has no sight to teach the compounding of the mixture, why then does he not say so, like a man? Susie stayed till night, and we had a pleasant time. Mr. Bruml came as one of the "Schoolhouse Ball Committee" to ask no what we would cook for the "Ball Supper." We refused to cook anything, not approving of that arrangement for raising funds for the District. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Jan. 31. Sabbath. We have been to meeting today as usual. Mr. Ross preached a missionary sermon. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Feb. 1. Monday. A rainy morning and a cloudy day. Received a letter from Ada. She wished a new dress skirt, and so I have been to the store to get material, and to Mrs. Grubb's, Mrs. Ringer's, Eliza's and Mrs. Gay's, getting a pattern and engaging Mrs. Grubbs to make the skirt. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Feb. 2. Tuesday. Foggy forenoon. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Feb. 3. Wednesday. Another foggy forenoon. Wrote to Ada. New schoolhouse dedicated by a ball. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 48. S.S. 49.) Feb. 4. Thursday. Foggy morning. Mrs. Heath called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 35.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 52.) Feb. 5. Friday. Received a letter from Aunt Olive today. Dr. went to San Francisco this morning. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 54.) Feb. 6. Saturday. Mrs. Gay and her mother Gay called. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.)

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January 1875

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