Delia Locke


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1876. Hannah is now nine years old and is taller than either of the other children were except Howard. She is four feet and five inches in height and weighs sixtyone pounds. So all the boys weighed more than she did, though she is the largest of the girls. Her mind is very active and she learns easily. We have not urged her forward on that account, but have rather kept her back. But in her classes at school she is with Mary, though three and one-half years younger, and I suppose is a better scholar than Mary in everything except writing. She reads in the Fourth Reader, ciphers in the four simple rules of arithmetic, studies geography and keeps a daily Journal. She is a good singer, and sang a piece with Deborah Stewart at the school exhibition. At Mrs. Stewart's Concerts, she astonished and pleased every one by her recitation and singing in the "Arch piece", as she had one of the most important parts. Her hair still hangs in curls, and her skin is fair. She has commenced to knit a stocking for herself, having knit a pair of garters. She sews neatly, but her eyes are very weak. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Nov. 20. Monday. Cloudy morn. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Nov. 21. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.) Nov. 22. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 23. Thursday. Went to Father's this afternoon and on my way stopped at Mrs. Wallace's. Her babe is now a week old, and growing nicely. She calls it Lucia, in memory of Mrs. Keniston. Stopped at Father's till after tea, then went to prayer-meeting with them. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Nov. 24. Friday. Mr. Clemens little boy died today of croup, complicated with diphtheria. It was their only boy, aged two years and two months. They have two little girls, one of whom is sick with diphtheria. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Nov. 25. Saturday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Nov. 26. Sabbath. We have attended S. school, also the funeral of Willie Clemens. Mr. Stewart preached at the funeral from the words," Are the consolations of God small with thee?" 1876. The mother was not able to be present, as her babe is but three weeks old. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Nov. 27. Monday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Nov. 28. Tuesday. Roland and Rebecca spent the evening here. They sleep at Father's. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Nov. 29. Wednesday. Mr. & Mrs. Geffroy and children arrived by rail today and have gone to Susie's to spend the Thanks giving. Mr. & Mrs. Ross also arrived tonight, in their buggy with their children, and have also gone to Susie's, where we are all invited to spend tomorrow. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Nov. 30. Thanksgiving. Service in the church at 11. A.M. which we attended. Mr. Stewart preached to a very small congregation - subject - Character of Daniel. Messrs. Ross and Geffroy were there. After the service, we all went to Susie's and spent the remainder of the day. Had a pleasant time. All the Hammond family were present but Josiah and his family and Horace also Mr. & Mrs. Stewart and family, Minnie Burt, and Eddie Shaw in all a large company. Weather very fine. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Dec. 1. Friday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Dec. 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Dec. 3. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "In the days of these Rings shall an everlasting kingdom be set up." (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 51.) Dec. 4. Monday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Dec. 5. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Dec. 6. Wednesday. Clara and Mr. Ross and children came to stop with us for the present. Clara is not well and strong, and Nettic is very trouble some, because she meddles so with everything. The baby is not a strong child, but seems to be gaining. Dr. has given to Clara a building lot, opposite Father's, and Mr. Ross is going right to work to put up a house. He has given up preaching, and has taken agencies for books and organs. I think he begins to feel that he is not adapted to preaching. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

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January 1876

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