Delia Locke


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1876. Mar. 5. Sabbath. A cloudy day. Attended S. school this forenoon and this afternoon a lecture by Mrs. C. F. Young on Temperance a good lecture. The Campbellite preacher baptized Viola Haley and Mrs. Leefield in our pond. That church holds its meetings in Prater's dance hall. Mr. & Mrs. John Haley and Fanny Owens have taken their names from our church roll to join the Campbellites, to whom they formerly belonged. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Mar. 6. Monday. Rainy. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.) Mar. 7. Tuesday. Weather cloudy, windy and showery. Mr. Stewart called. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 48.) Mar. 8. Wednesday. Cloudy, with rain and hail in the afternoon. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.) Mar. 9. Thursday. An eclipse of the moon occurred this evening and Geo.'s focks stopped here after prayermeeting to watch it. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 47. S.S. 43.) Mar. 10. Friday. Wrote to Ada. Her graduating dress has been the subject of most of the letters for a month. But now the material and trimmings are at last decided on. It is to be of black silk, trimmed with folds of the same and with small buttons. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Mar. 11. Saturday. Weather cloudy. We had a meeting preparatory to communion this afternoon. Received a Portal Card from Ada saying that the silk for her dress had arrived from San Francisco and she is delighted with it. It is a very rich and costly piece. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 12. Sabbath. Cloudy and rainy, but not so as to prevent us from attending church. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Where is He that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star", etc. We had the communion service and Mr. Wilson, Mr. Inglis Mr. & Mrs. Thompson joined the church. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Mar. 13. Monday. We had a very rainy morn. Received a letter from Ada. Eunice is now nineteen months old, and 1876. weighs twenty one and one-half pounds. So she weighs the same as Mary did, and they are the smallest of all the children. But she has as many teeth as any - sixteen - which she has had for some months. She is forward about talking. When anyone troubles her, she will tell them to "go way", and as Eddie loves to hector her, we often hear her saying, "go way, Eddie". She is gaining in strength and appetite, and her cough is leaving her. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 14. Tuesday. Father and John, Mr. Stewart and Nemma came her to eat today, and will continue to do so for the present. The reason is this: Father, having decided to marry again, turned his attentions towards Mrs. Smith. This did not well suit Mrs. Pygall, who has evidently intended all along, to marry him herself, as soon as she got her divorce from Mr. Pygall. This she now has, and when she saw that Father, instead of marrying her, had thoughts of marrying Mrs. Smith, her jealousy and anger rose to such a pitch that she fairly stormed, and declared she would not cook for him another day. Father told her she might go as soon as she pleased, so she left immediately. I am glad things have come to a crisis with her, that she may indulge no false hopes. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 15. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 54.) Mar. 16. Thursday. I have written to Hannah Geffroy, telling her of Father's plans with reference to Mrs. Smith. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Mar. 17. Friday. Today I have written the same to Clara. Mrs. Smith and I have made calls on Mrs. Bruml, Mrs. Mowry. Mrs. Cilbaugh and Mrs. Wallace. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 58.) Mar. 18. Saturday. A windy day. Father took Mrs. Smith and myself to visit Susie, and we had a pleasant time. Tomorrow they are to be married. Received a letter from Ada saying she has not yet

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January 1876

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