Delia Locke


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1876. Aug. 24. Thursday. They commenced sheaving the sheep We now have about thirty in the family, with a cook, who though he is willing, has not the faculty to get around very fast, and I am half sick from vaccination. This is the first time it has worked on me since I was a little child. The children went this eve to an ice cream festival at the Harmony Grove schoolhouse, for the benefit of the Methodist minister. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Aug. 25. Friday. Wrote to Luther today. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 80.) Aug. 26. Saturday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 80.) Aug. 27. Sabbath. Have attended meeting today. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Go to the ant, then sluggard." (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 80.) Aug. 28. Monday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) Aug. 29. Tuesday. A cloudy day with thunder. Ada was expected home from Bolinas, so Dr. harnessed the horses into the spring wagon, and taking Eddie with him, started for the Station. Eddie was very happy at the thought of going and meeting Ada, to whom he is much attached, and he laughed as he said "goodby mamma." I had but just entered the house and reached my room, when I heard him crying. What could have happened, I thought. I ran to look, and there was the wagon in the road, a week, the horses running off with the fore wheels, and some body picking Eddie up from the ground. It seems they had but just passed the gate a little way, when the king - bolt broke, let the wagon forward on to the ground and pitched them up, seat and all, while the houses can off with the foward wheels. They were soon secured, but not till they had broken them, so Dr. got another wagon and proceeded to the Station. Eddie was thought not much hurt, and still wished to go, so Dr. took him. But he soon got quite sick, vomited and was cold, so his father left him at Mr. Talmage's till they came back. His head is severely bruised, and one side of his face, and he is still feeling sick. It is bad that he got hurt, for he has not been well for a long time. Dr. also got a severe bruise an the top of the head. Ada is well and glad to be at home again. Bertie Geffroy came with her to father's. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) 1876. Aug. 30. Mrs. Le Faber and boys were here to dinner. We have been washing all day till dark. To do the work that we have done today is no small thing to cook for a family of thirty, and wash for more than a dozen people. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.) Aug. 31. Thursday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) Sept. 1. Friday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 77.) Sept. 2. Saturday. We had a church meeting this afternoon preparatory to communion, which takes place next Sabbath. Mrs. Stewart, Debbie and Annie, also Belle Thomson are candidates to unite with the church at the next communion, and they were voted in. Lizzie McCloud called here tonight, also Mrs. John Haley and Viola. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 76.) Sept. 3. Sabbath. Have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Sept. 4. Monday. A cloudy day. Ada began her labors as the teacher of the Brunswick school. She will ride horseback from home daily across the field, which will much lesson the distance, as it is by the road and ferry. Received a letter from Luther. He will soon be at home again. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 67.) Sept. 5. Tuesday. Still cloudy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 66.) Sept. 6. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 69.) Sept. 7. Thursday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 72.) Sept. 8. Friday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Sept. 9. Saturday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66.) Sept. 10. Sabbath. A day of blessing to me, though very weary in body. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "The cup of blessing." etc. The communion season followed, at which time Mrs. Stewart was received by letter and Debbie and Anna Stewart and Belle Thomson on profession of faith. At thin own request, our Willard, Hannah and Mary were baptized. Willard and Hannah would have united with the church, had we thought it best, but we prefer they should wait until we are sure they are old enough to understand the nature of the obligation. Mr. Stewart would have preferred they should unite

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January 1876

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