Delia Locke


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1875. Oct. 26. Tuesday. Still a little cloudy. Mrs. Wallace called (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Oct. 27. Wednesday. A rainy more and a cloudy day. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Oct. 28. Thursday. Cooler. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Oct. 29. Friday. Taking Eddie and Eunice, Dr. and I went to the Station for Ada. She came, and is looking well and happy. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 58.) Oct. 30. Saturday. The birthday of our little Eddie. He is now four years old, weighs thirty seven pounds and is three feet and three inches in height. He is the third in weight, as also were Horace and Willard. But only Howard was taller than Eddie is, and none of the children were move forward in learning, as he reads in words of two or three letters, can nearly count a hundred and is a good singer, learning tunes and even words readily. He spells his name, goes to the store of errands, and remembers to deliver messages very correctly. He is a good and quiet boy and gentle in disposition, with a large head and thick hair. He is very fond of Ada and sticks close to her when she is here, not willing that any body else should wait upon him. He generally gives up to Eunice and is fond of her. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) Oct. 31. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy. I have the asthma so that I did not go to S. school. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Nov. 1. Monday. Cloudy with a little rain. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Nov. 2. Tuesday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Nov. 3. Wednesday. Fair. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Nov. 4. Thursday. Ada and I have visited Susie and had a pleasant time. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Nov. 5. Friday. Ada visited the school this forenoon and Charles Poppe's wife came to have teeth extracted and waited for Dr. all the forenoon and till after dinner. Dr. attended an auction sale and bought a nice little buggy for Eunice - the first baby wagon we have had. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Nov. 6. Saturday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Nov. 7. Sabbath. A rainy morning. However, we went to meeting. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Be thou faithful unto death," &c. As we came home, John Calvin ran on before us to open the gate for Susie's carriage to go through. Sarah was driving the horses and they were restive, so she could not well control them - the ground by the gate was very muddy and Johnny did not get the gate open very quickly, so that the carriage or some part of the year struck him as it passed him, threw him down and the carriage ran over his leg. We were quite frightened at first, but he was only bruised after all, as he fell in the soft mud. We feel that our Heavenly Father took care of him, as he has often done, to keep him from severe harm, in the midst of accidents. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Nov. 8. Monday. Ada left us and went back to school this morn. We shall feel lonely again, but the time will seem short to Christmas, when she will come again. Mrs. Keniston came in this afternoon. I was sorry to see her looking so weak and poorly. She was so tired from the exertion of walking that she could hardly speak for a while. She has given up teaching, and will remain at home until Thanksgiving, when Mr. Keniston will go with her to Santa Barbara for her health. "I shall not teach again till I get better," she said and added, "if I ever do." I could not help feeling as I watched her weak footsteps as she walked home, that this was near the last time she would ever walk out. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Nov. 9. Tuesday. Received a letter from Eliza at Pioche. They are well. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 61.) Nov. 10. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Nov. 11. Thursday. A little cloudy. Sent Postal Cards to Ada, Clara, and Rev. Mr. Morgan. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) Nov. 12. Friday. Dr. was called to see Mr. Nichols today, one of the company which crossed the plains with him in 49. He found that he had a bad abscess on one of his legs Mr. Nichols lives alone, and is too sick to do anything

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January 1875

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