Delia Locke


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1875. Feb. 18. Thursday. Taking the little children with me, I went to help Fanny Owens to quilt. Mrs. De Witt was there, the quilt was nearly done when I arrived, so together we easily finished it. On the way home, I called at Mrs. Bruml's and Mrs. De Witt's. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Feb. 19. Friday. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Feb. 20. Saturday. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Feb. 21. Sabbath. Morning foggy and afternoon windy. We have been to S. school as usual. This eve, Elison Cahill and Mary Pygall were married in the church by Mr. Ross, and then everybody was invited to Mrs. Pygall's house, and cake and apples were passed around. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Feb. 22. Monday. A little cloudy. I have called on Mrs. John Haley, who is sick, also on Clara. Received a letter from Ada. The Normal School scholars have a celebration today of Washington's birthday. The scholars have parts in the performance and Ada has an essay. "Washington as a Christian," of her own composition. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 23. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Feb. 24. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Feb. 25. Thursday. I have been to ride this afternoon with Dr. to see the lambs in Steele's flock, back of the Poland house. We took Eddie and Johnny with us and left baby with Hannah, until school was done. We all enjoyed the ride and the view of the pretty lambs. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Feb. 26. Friday. (T.S.R. 37.2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Feb. 27. Saturday. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) Feb. 28. Sabbath. Mr. Ross preached his farewell sermon today a strange kind of sermon - praising himself and blaming the people. No mention was made of Mother, or her death, thus violating the feelings of common courtesy. He did not state what is the fact that during his three years ministry here, not one soul, to our knowledge has been born into the kingdom of the Lord. (T.S.R. 42.2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) 1875. Mar. 1. Monday. Windy. Received a letter from Ada today containing the welcome news, that she had received one from Luther. He has gone as far as Bakersfield, Kern Co. and is looking about for work. I am so glad to hear from him. Mr. and Mrs. Keniston called tonight. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 55. S.S. 52.) Mar. 2. Tuesday. A rainy day. Bela and Fred. Shaw with two others. Willie Derby and Frank Bates - have just arrived from the East. They come to work at boot and shoe-making here, but they came without their families. (T.S.R. 44.2 P.M. 45. S.S. 44.) Mar. 3. Wednesday. A foggy morning. I have written to Luther and Ada. I took tea at Mrs. Pygall's with Susie, Clara, Mrs. Keniston, Mrs. Bruml and Eliza. The Champions of the Red Cross met this eve, and Mr. & Mrs. Heath came here from the meeting and slept all night. (T.S.R. 36.2 P.M. 52. S.S. 51.) Mar. 4. Thursday. A rainy morn, and a windy day. Mr. & Mrs. Heath breakfasted here and then went home. Clara has spent the day here. Mr. Ross is away, looking for a place to locate. Mrs. Mowry and Susie were here this afternoon, and Geo. Locke, Geo. Mowry, Bela and Fred Shaw Frank Bates and Willie Derby were also here to tea, also Father, Josiah & John. (T.S.R. 45.2 P.M. 47. S.S. 45.) Mar. 5. Friday. Bela and Fred Shaw and Frank Bates were here for breakfast. Bela and Fred will board here awhile. Mrs. De Witt called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 38.2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.) Mar. 6. Saturday. (T.S.R. 39.2 P.M. 63. S.S. 55.) Mar. 7. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 40.2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 8. Monday. (T.S.R. 34.2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Mar. 9. Tuesday. Letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 41.2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Mar. 10. Wednesday. A windy day. We have had a female prayer meeting here this afternoon, and Susie, Mrs. Wallace Mrs. Ringer, Mrs. Keniston, Clara and Mrs. Pygall were present. We had a pleasant and profitable time.

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January 1875

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