Delia Locke


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~1876. July 9. Sabbath. Went to S. School. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 68.) ~July 10. Monday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) ~July 11. Tuesday. Received the weekly letter from Ada, telling how she passed the week's vacation. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 78.) ~July 12. Wednesday. Nemma Stewart, who has been staying at Mrs. McCloud's during her father's absence, came here to stay the remainder of the time. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 79.) ~July 13. Thursday. Susie came here with her little children and spent the day. She has very sore nipples. Mrs. Wallace called at night. Eunice is now twentythree mos. old, has sixteen teeth and is no heavier than a month ago - twentyfour pounds. Only Mary and Hannah were smaller than she is, and she has as many teeth as any of the children, and two more than Mary and Willard. She is active and talkative and makes but very little trouble. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 74.) ~July 14. Friday. Rode with Dr. to call on Mrs. Brakeman. This is the first time I have conversed with her for many years. and I have never been at the house before. On the way home called on Mrs. Ringer, Mrs. Prater and Mrs. Ed. Smith, to interest them in the reception party for Mr. Stewart. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) ~July 15. Saturday. I have today written to Luther and Howard. This morning, Ah Saow left us. He told me last night that he was going this morning, and we were not sorry for we were only enduring his insolence till his year should expire. He said he was going to help his "cousin" at Mud Springs, then went straight down to Mr. Dodge's and went to cooking. This is a specimen of his habit of lying, and he tried to "boss" the whole family. Ah Ting will now cook for us, a pleasant chinaman, who we think will be more agreeable. Sarah and Ida went out on horseback to invite everybody, far and near, to take part in our reception party for Mr. Stewart They did not arrive house till late at night ten o'clock having made a very long ride of it. We have received a letter from Mr. Stewart, saying they were married on the 5th. Our party is to be the 20th. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 73.) ~1876. July 16. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Mr. Stewart has sent up a new organ for the church, and some of the children have been trying it since the school was dismissed. It is not as large and nice as the Standard organ that Mr. Gardiner left here, but it will do nicely. Mr. S. wishes the people to buy it. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) ~July 17. Monday. Mrs. Thompson came over this afternoon, and has been setting up their furniture in Mr. Stewart's house. Mr. Thompson had previously put down the new carpets in the front rooms. I went over and assisted a little. Mr. Thompson has done a good thing for the meeting house. He has washed it all out, put down new carpets in the aisles, and new covers on the pulpit and sofa, so that things have a clean and fresh appearance, which will be pleasing to Mr. Stewart, I am sure. Mrs. Thompson took tea here. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 79.) ~July 18. Tuesday. Received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) ~July 19. Wednesday. Howard is now seventeen years old, but he is not at home to spend his birthday. He is still in Nevada and will see no birthday cake today. His height is about the same as Luther's - five feet, seven inches - but he is much heavier, as he weighs one hundred and fiftyfive pounds, so he is the largest of the three. He learns all mathematics at school very easily, but is a poor reader and grammarian, and does not like hard study. He has not the manliness about him which I wish he had and is all unsettled as yet as to plans for the future - very active and boisterous, always driving "head first" into everything new without much prudence or caution. Impulsive and generous hearted, he still needs a steady hand to guide him, but in some things he is "looking up" and improving. He has left off tobacco, which he got in the habit of using while away from us, and I hope will never touch it again. We hope he will soon come home and go to school again. Mr. & Mrs. Stewart, Deborah and Anna arrived from Stockton today with Dr. and came here to dinner. Mrs. S. is very tall, dignified and pleasant. The girls do not look like Nemma. They have now taken possession of the parsonage. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 78.)

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January 1876

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