Delia Locke


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1876. hibition which is shortly to come off, and to sing also, and wishes to rehearse with them each night it will be more convenient for her to remain here near the church, till after that is over. So Hannah will come to visit us by and by. Weather a little cloudy. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Dec. 20. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 48.) Dec. 21. Thursday. Mr. Ross and Clara went very suddenly this forenoon, having been here over two weeks, without so much as saying "thank you" for one favor received. That is their way - a thankless fault finding way. Their new house is going up opposite Father's, and they expect soon to go into it. Went to the store this afternoon, and while there heard of the death of Bennie Putnam, son of Mr. Putnam, a boy of thirteen years, who died of diphtheria, the first death in the family. Have been to the prayer meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Dec. 22. Friday. A windy afternoon. This evening, there was the school exhibition at the church, for raising the funds to purchase a schoolhouse bell. It was quite a success, so it is said. I did not attend. They will have funds enough in connection with some on interest from one of Mr. McStay's exhibitions, to purchase the bell. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Dec. 23. Saturday. The funeral of Bennie Putnam was held at our church at eleven A. M. I did not attend, not feeling well. Hannah Geffroy came with her children to visit. She went to the funeral with Susie, and then both came here to dines. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Dec. 24. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. This eve they have put up in the church a motto made with autumn rose leaves by Mrs. Wallace, "Glory to God in the Highest." It is very beautiful. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Dec. 25. Monday. Christmas. Weather a little cloudy in afternoon. We have been very busy preparing for the Christmas tree to be held in the church this eve. We filled all the candy bags here - over a hundred strung same apples, and prepared 1876.our presents Ada and Susie went to the marriage of Rebecca Trethaway to Mr. French at the brick church this afternoon. A committee of young folks arranged the trees in the church, of which there were three, of the spruce or cedar variety, and very beautiful. This eve we have all attended, having Mrs. O'Neil with Eunice. The trees were loaded with presents. I had four - a black lace necktie from Ada, a pair of vases from the children, a pair of lamp mats from Hannah Geffroy and a castor from Dr. Before the distribution of the presents, there were a few literary exercises, singing by Mr. Forrest, Sarah, Viola and Ada, with Clara to play the organ, recitations by Sarah, Minnie Burt and Albert Bruml. Altogether it was a pleasant affair. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Dec. 26. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Dec. 27. Wednesday. Hannah Geffroy and children went home this morning. We have had a pleasant visit from them. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 59.) Dec. 28. Thursday. Have attended the prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Dec. 29. Friday. Ada and Minnie started this morning for Drytown in company with Uncle George, in his wagon. They would have started yesterday, but Geo. was sick with sore throat, and his throat is still very sore. It will be very pleasant for Minnie and I hope for the rest. I have written to Eliza today. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Dec. 30. Saturday. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 57.) Dec. 31. Sabbath. The first of the week, but the last of the year. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached as usual from the text, "Lord make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is," etc. This has been a sad day indeed to two families not far from us, Mr. Putnam's and Mr. Wallace's, for each have buried a little girl today, and to each family it is the second child buried within a few days from that dread disease diphtheria. This time, it is Laura Putnam who was owned.

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January 1876

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