Delia Locke


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1876. Eunice is now two years old, and is just the size of Mary - the smallest of all - weighing twentythree pounds and measuring two and one-half feet. But she is so active and forward that she does not seem like a baby. She speaks all our names very plainly except Luther, Mary, and Johnny which she calls, "Luser, Wawy and Donnie," and she calls her own name "Noonis." Sometimes she will come to me and say, "Mamma Eddie's paging Noonis." complaining that Eddie is plaguing her. She is very fond of music, and the children let her sit at the Eobiten and put her hands on the keys and pretend to play and sing while they blow the bellows for her. She cannot do anything till every thing is in regular order and the book open before her (which must be a singing book) when she will sing at the top of the voice, pretending all the time to be reading the music. She comes to me and says Mamma sing by baby buntin, daddy gone huntin" She counts "one, two, three," correctly (or free) as she calls it. She wants her bonnet pest on and says to some one of the girls, "Les go", and she will go out and play contentedly with them for hours. She has never been a troublesome child. When she goes to sleep at night, she says "goodnight" all around, and if I help her to a drink in the night, she says goodnight, mamma, when she lies down again. She has been vaccinated, and has had the measles and the whooping cough, besides all her teeth are pricked through. She is a bright looking, pretty child. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 62.) Aug. 14. Monday. A cloudy day. School commenced again with Mr. Ambrose - principal and Louisa Cahill as teacher of the Primary Department. All go but Eddie and Eunice, none but Johnny in the Primary school except that Hannah and Mary are in there a part of the day. Received a letter from Luther saying that Howard will soon start for home again. We are glad as we wish him to attend school. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) 1876. Aug. 15. Tuesday. Received our usual letter from Ada. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 75.) Aug. 16. Wednesday. Have written to Ada. Two traveling photograph galleries being now in the place, it is quite the fashion to have pictures taken, as they can be got very cheap. Horace, Ida, Johnnie and Mary have had tin-types, and Horace and Ida also photographs. Horace has some of his stuffed birds around him. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 76.) Aug. 17. Thursday. Have written to Luther, and soon after I finished my letter, Howard arrived home, on the seventh day from Mr. Hetfield's. He made a very quick trip, is in good health, and left all so in Nevada. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 77.) Aug. 18. Friday. A letter came from Adda Brown today, saying among other things that her mother has another baby boy, born about the middle of June. They are still wishing and hoping to come again to Cal. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) Aug. 19. Saturday. Robert Hetfield arrived here today. He came over the mountains with Howard. He is over six feet in height, and looks as if he might be worth something. Howard started for the Blue Mountain Ranch to help Mr. Steele down with the sheep. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Aug. 20. Sabbath. Have attended the S. school, after which I went with Susie to see Mother who is sick with the headache, with which she is often trouble. This afternoon made her some broth, and went again with Dr. to carry it to her. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 66.) Aug. 21. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) Aug. 22. Tuesday. Received letter from Ada. Next week, eve expect she will be at home, as she is to finish her school on Friday. She is quite slated at the prospect. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Aug. 23. Wednesday. Have written to Ada. Howard and the sheep arrived from Blue Mountain, also Mr. Steele, herders and shearers. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 75.)

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January 1876

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