Delia Locke


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1875. also sick, the baby with croup and Laura with a bad cold. We went out to the cemetery. Susie has planted many flowers there, and with untiring patience and love waters and tends them, at a great amount of trouble, for she brings the water for them, either from the well a long distance, or else up the steep hill, and this too, when she has so much other work to do. May she be rewarded for her labor of love. After the service today, at church meeting, the church voted to hire Mr. Stewart to preach for us for one year. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) May 10. Monday. (T.S.R. 53.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 73.) May 11. Tuesday. Mr. Stewart left us this morning. He is going up to Humboldt Co. to visit his children there, also to San Francisco to visit the two there, and then he will come and settle with us. Brackley Show, from No. Abington arrived here today. He was my first music teacher, when I was a child. Mrs. Baxter called tonight. She is anxious to get home with her children, before they come down with the measles, so I think she will go tomorrow. Elmer is very sick, grows worse and worse. The measles have turned, and changed to pneumonia. His cough is very bad, and he has a high fever. (T.S.R. 48.2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) May 12. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) May 13. Thursday. Windy. Eunice is now nine months old. As she has had the measles, she is not as heavy as she was last month - eighteen and one - fourth pounds - but as she is not - very well and it is windy. I would not send her to be weighed. She has four teeth, and none but Ada and Howard had more, also none but those two were more forward than she is. She gets up and down as she pleases in the crib, and stands in the corner, but is not well enough to be on the floor much. Elmer is no 1875. better. Unless he can get relief from the fever and cough, he cannot live long. Dr. Foote is in attendance, but my husband is there often as adviser. (T.S.R. 52.2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) May 14. Friday. Still windy. John Calvin is quite sick, with an attack somewhat similar to Elmer's - a very high fever and cough. Elmer continues very sick. (T.S.R. 54.2 P.M. 83. S.S. 65.) May 15. Saturday. Elmer and John Calvin still very sick. I have been over this eve to see him Elmer with Dr. He is very low, sometimes delirious. They have decided not to admit visitors to see him tomorrow. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) May 16. Sabbath. We have attended S.S. as usual. I took Susie's class. This afternoon we have been to see Elmer. He does not get any better. Dr. Foote came there while we were there, intoxicated, and now they do not dare to trust him with the case any longer. My husband and Josiah will stay there all night. Elmer's breath comes fast and short, and he takes no nourishment but scraped meat. He is very thin, seems to be all filled up in his lungs and has not strength to raise. We do not have much hope that he can recover. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) May 17. Monday. I have written to Luther. Elmer is no better, continues to sink. (T.S.R. 47.2 P.M. 78. S.S. 68.) May 18. Tuesday. Mrs. Wallace and Eliza called on their way home from seeing Elmer. He still continues to grow weaker. Dr. is much there. (T.S.R. 50.2 P.M. 80. S.S. 69.) May 19. Wednesday. Word came at sunset that Elmer was dying. I could not go over, being troubled with asthma, but Horace, Howard and Ida went at once, and Ada and her father afterward. They stayed till ten o'clock, and then as Elmer had revived somewhat, came home. But Dr. and Mr. Harpending will stay all night, also Josiah, and Bela Shaw. (T.S.R. 51.2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.)

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January 1875

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