Delia Locke


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1877. Mar. 6. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Mar. 7. Wednesday. Mrs. Ambrose and Clara made a short call this afternoon. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Mar. 8. Thursday. Have attended prayer meeting this eve. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 57.) Mar. 9. Friday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 57.) Mar. 10. Saturday. A very rainy forenoon. In three families the voice of mourning and lamentation is heard for three children have been laid away in their graves today. Twice last night our bell tolled once for Charlie Baird and again for Mr. Hansel's little boy, and we heard of another death also, not far away, all by that dreadful disease diphtheria. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 11. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Mar. 12. Monday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Mar. 13. Tuesday. The men have today been tearing down. the bee house and cutting a nice oak tree which stood in the way of planting out grapevines and cherry trees on the northeast side of the house, which has long been a favorite plan of the Dr.'s. If the vines grow, we shall have plenty of grapes near the house. But it is sad to see large nice oaks cut down, unless it were very necessary. Every native tree I prize highly and it is one of the beautiful features of this village, that the native oaks, many of them, still stand. Elmer used to say that he valued each large tree on his place at a hundred dollars, and he was always very loth to have our cut down. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Mar. 14. Wednesday. Have received letter from Hannah G. today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Mar. 15. Thursday. A windy day. I called to see Clara and Annie Smith today. Clara has fainting fit and can hardly be left alone. Annie is gradually failing can scarcely lie down. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) 1877. Mar. 16. Friday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 65.) Mar. 17. Saturday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Mar. 18. Sabbath. Today I had sick headache, so that I did not go to meeting. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Mar. 19. Monday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 66.) Mar. 20. Tuesday. Rev. Geo. Morris - Grand Lecturer for the Good Templars - came here today. This eve he has lectured on the subject of Temperance, and re-organized the Lodge of Good Templars here. I shall not attempt to go. Howard, Horace, Ada and Ida are members. Luther is soon to leave for Nevada, and therefore will not join now. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) Mar. 21. Wednesday. Weather cloudy. Mr. Morris is still here. The Lodge is to meet on Wednesday evenings in Ringer's Hall. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Mar. 22. Thursday. Still cloudy. Arthue Baird died today thirteen days after his brother, of the same disease, and now they are childless. Mr. Nelson's family have lost three by diphtheria, and are also childless, one having died a little before of teething. What does late firesides! (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Mar. 23. Friday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Mar. 24. Saturday. Ada and Minnie started for Jan Jose to attend the graduating exercises of the Normal School next week. The bell tolled for one of Mr. Burt's children this morning, who also died of diphtheria. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 70.) Mar. 25. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Mar. 26. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.) Mar. 27. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) Mar. 28. Wednesday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 50.) Mar. 29. Thursday. Still cloudy. Have attended prayermeeting this eve. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 51.) Mar. 30. Friday. Still cloudy. We had some rain in night but not enough to do much good. The crops will be short in this vicinity, and in some places an

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January 1877

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