Delia Locke


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1876. May 6. Saturday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 73.) May 7. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. The church was nearly filled to every seat, on account of the marriage of Charles Weber to Louisa Mormon, which took place after service. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "What then shall I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?" a good sermon. Then we had communion, and Mrs. M. J. B. Hammond united with the church by letter from Chicago. Then came the marriage service. John Howland - her half brother and Della Royer stood up with them. The bride is very young - fourteen - but large of her age. The crowd was so great that I did not see Mrs. Weber, after all. Luther and Ada were invited to the wedding dinner, but Luther was away and Ada did not know of it in time. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 75.) May 8. Monday. And now we have been married twentyone years. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 77.) May 9. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 65.) May 10. Wednesday. Received a letter from Eliza. There had just been a disastrous fire in Pioche, but they escaped loss, though they feared the fire would reach them and packed their things ready to start at any moment. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 11. Thursday. Anna Smith came and helped us sew carpet rags this afternoon. We have been to prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 60.) May 12. Friday. A cloudy morning. I have written to Eliza today. Cool weather. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) May 13. Saturday. Cool and a little cloudy - Eunice is now twentyone months old and weighs more than she ever did before twentyfour pounds. She is now larger than Ada, Hovace, Willard and Hannah, and has the same number of teeth that most of the others had sixteen. She loves to play out of doors with the children, and makes but very little trouble. She will sit in the swing alone while the children swing her quite high. She talks well and plainly is very active. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 59.) 1876. May 14. Sabbath. We have been to S. school as usual. Eddie Shaw is here for the night. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) May 15. Monday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 60.) May 16. Tuesday. Windy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) May 17. Wednesday. I have been sick today. I am troubled with a cough and asthma. Indeed I have never had a much worse cough in my life. Perhaps it is caused by the uncommon late cold weather, and the high water on the bottom. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 61.) May 18. Thursday. Mr. Gardner brought and left a beautiful parlor organ here, which he wishes us to buy. If he will collect old notes as payment, we shall have it, otherwise not. Ada is delighted with it. The price is $250, and it has seven stops. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) May 19. Friday. The settlers had a picnic and barbecue at Lodi today to celebrate a recent decision of the Supreme Ct. in favor of the settlers against the Railroad men, by which the settlers will retain some land which it was expected the railroad would take away from them. It is thought more than five thousand people were present, which made the ground so dusty that white people looked more like Indians when they came away, and clothes were pitiably dirty. The day was a little cloudy, the evening windy and cold, and it is raining in the night, which will be Gad for hay. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 58.) May 20. Saturday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 54.) May 21. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached a very good sermon - one of his best - from the words, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." After the service we had a church meeting. There are still more than a hundred dollars lacking on last year's salary. We do not know what to do about it. A resolution was passed endorsing Mr. Stewart and desiring to retain him, and the church resolved itself into a committee of the whole, each one to do what they can towards making up the deficiency, and to report

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January 1876

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