Delia Locke


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1876. received the muslin neck-tie which Mrs. Smith made and sent her to wear in the graduating exercises. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 60.) Mar. 19. Sabbath. We attended S. school in morning as usual. This eve. after the preaching service in the church Mr. Stewart came here and married Father and Mrs. Smith. Susie's family and ours, Mr. & Mrs. Wallace and Eddie Shaw, John Hammond and Annie Smith made up the family. It was Mrs. Smith's desire that everything should pass off as quietly as possible, and indeed we had too short a notice to make much preparation. So we had no ceremony but the simplest, and then they all departed but Annie, who will remain here till the house is further fixed. How thankful we feel that Father has done so well in a second wife. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Mar. 20. Monday. We learn of a very sad accident which occurred yesterday in the river near Camanche. As a young man and two young ladies were crossing the river, one of the horses stumbled and fell, throwing all in the wagon into the water instantly, and the three were drowned, also one horse. The girls were Louisa Perarie and Miss Payne. A man crossing at the same time rescued the lifeless body of Miss Payne, and the man's body was also found, and both have been buried today but the body of Louisa Perarie was seen floating off, and they have not succeeded in finding it, "In the midst of life we are in death." Susie and I have been busy baking cakes for Father, for fear he might be entertained tonight with a chivarie. Susie made a real wedding cake for one of hers, she took tea with us and will sit up with them this eve. Ada sent me a letter saying she had at last received the tie all right. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Mar. 21. Tuesday. Windy. Father was serenaded tonight but no chivarie has disturbed them. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 61.) 1876. Mar. 22. Wednesday. Still windy. Wrote to Ada and sent by mail a new skirt which we have been making for her to wear at graduation. Ida crocheted some beautiful wide edging for it. We think it will please her. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.) Mar. 23. Thursday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Mar. 24. Friday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 64.) Mar. 25. Saturday. There was an eclipse of the sun, which was about three fourths covered, in the middle of the day. A strange sort of gloom seemed to pervade everything. The effect was different from that of an ordinary cloudy day. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 26. Sabbath. Still windy. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts," etc. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 27. Monday. Went to Father's this afternoon and carried the silver which we have been keeping for him. Received a letter from Ada, enclosing a programmer of the closing exercises of the Normal School. It comes off one day sooner than I had expected. I wish to go, if I am well enough. Also received a letter from Eliza. She writes that in Pioche there are thirtyfour saloons, and only two churches which seem to have little power for good, being only Catholic and Episcopal. Of course, there exists a sad stale of morals, and she is not well contented. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) Mar. 28. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Mar. 29. Wednesday. Cloudy and rainy morn and windy day I had made my preparations to go to San Jose this morn, but I arose this morn feeling so unwell that I was obliged to give up my journey and go to bed, where I have been nearly all day with the sick headache. I felt disappointed this morn, but tonight I am thankful that I was prevented from going, for the train was detained and instead of going at twelve as usual, did not go until half past eight, P.M. Geo. Sarah

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January 1876

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