Delia Locke


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1875. day that Luther has passed away from home. He is far away in Kern Co. So, of course, I can not get his measurement. But I have written him a letter as a reminder of the day. I hope he is not in trouble or sick. But though I can not care for him, our Father has him in his care. Howard is so much better that he went out of doors, though he ought not to have done so. Bennie Kerr called this eve. He wishes to get up a writing class. He is a fine artist with the pen, and I have no doubt he will succeed in getting a class. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Apr. 17. Saturday. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Apr. 18. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Harpending preached from the text. "Now are we the sons of God." He intended it for an anniversary sermon of the formation of the church and he mentioned Mother's death and spoke of her life and character, very appropriately and feelingly. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 79. S.S. 77.) Apr. 19. Monday. Ida and Horace begin to show decided symptoms of measles. Howard is not well yet. He went out too soon and his eyes are very weak and sore. (T.S.R. 46.2 P.M. 81. S.S. 77.) Apr. 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) Apr. 21. Wednesday. Ada went to Stockton with her Father to attend the session of the Teacher's Institute. Ida and Horace are both sick with measles, Ida in bed all the time and Horace a part of the time. John Hammond also has symptoms of the measles, and has been here drinking saffron tea with them, but Father says John had the measles long ago, so that the case is not a decided one. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 66.) Apr. 22. Thursday. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) Apr. 23. Friday. A windy day. Both Ida and Horace are quite sick - both in bed. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 77. S.S. 74.) Apr. 24. Saturday. All the other children but baby now begin to show symptoms of measles. Even Ada, returned 1875. from Stockton last night with sore throat and other unmistakeable signs of measles. What am I to do, if all the children - nine of them I mean - have them at once? Ah well! a way will be provided to get through with it all. I will not fear. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 86. S.S. 80.) Apr. 25. Sabbath. No going to meeting for me, or for any of us but Howard and his father, for all the other children are sick but baby. Eight of them are sick, and Ida, Horace and John are quite sick. And to night I too, am sick, with the headache, and Dr. is nurse for us all. I hope baby will not have the measles this week, that the others may get well enough to help me take care of her. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 87. S.S. 75.) Apr. 26. Monday. Weather cloudy. Horace and Ida are improving a little. The other children all feel worse, and baby, too, begins to show symptoms of measles. I am weary, but hopeful. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) Apr. 27. Tuesday. Windy weather, and bad for the measles. Ada and Mary are quite sick, not able to sit up at all. Ida and Horace improve very slowly. The others all sick, no children at table, no noise about the house. The hired men say it does not seem at all natural to them, and I am sure for me the situation is a hard one. I scarcely get time to sit down at all, and poor, sick baby gets but little attention. I am sorry for her. Mrs. Isaac Smith and Mrs. Henderson called tonight. Six beds full of sick children, is a sight they never saw before, except in a hospital. Indeed, our house is a hospital pro tem. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 71. S.S. 58.) Apr. 28. Wednesday. Eddie, Eunice and Mary are the most sick today. The others are improving a little, very slowly. Ida is not yet well enough to be dressed, has not been dressed for more than a week, and Horace has an exceedingly bad cough. Baby

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January 1875

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