Delia Locke


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1877. utter failure, for want of the "latter rains." I went to Mrs. Grubs’ of an arrand, and went about collecting for Mr. Stewart. Called at Mrs. Bruml's, where I met Mrs. Ennis. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Mar. 31. Saturday. Minnie and Ada came from San Jose, having had a pleasant time at the graduating exercises. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 54.) Apr. 1. Sabbath. We have attended the meeting today as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Were there not ten cleansed, but where are the nine? There hath not returned to give glory," etc. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) Apr. 2. Monday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 54.) Apr. 3. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Apr. 4. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) Apr. 5. Thursday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 56.) Apr. 6. Friday. Our Mary - small as she is now enters her "teens." She weighs twenty pounds less than Ada and Ida did, and is much smaller and four inches shorter than either of the others were. Her weight is eighty pounds and her height four feet and eight inches. And as she is small, so is she backward in everything. She hardly knows the Multiplication Table, and Hannah at this time, though nearly 4 years younger, is in advance of her in nearly all their studies. She is now taking music lessons of Mrs. Stewart and progresses well in music, seeming to learn that better than almost anything else. She and Hannah wash the dishes, set the tables, etc. Mary head troubles her at times, and I think she has sores in it, which is no doubt, one cause of her dulness. This trouble we hope she will out grow. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 56.) Apr. 7. Saturday. Was sick with headache in the forenoon. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Apr. 8. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) 1877. Apr. 9. Monday. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) Apr. 10. Tuesday. Ida is now fifteen years old, weighs one hundred and twenty five pounds and is five feet and six inches in height. She is the tallest female in the family, has the darkest hair, and withal is the best looking. But she is not so careful of her manners or so courteous as we hope she will be by and by. I see by my records that she is the largest of all the children so far, larger even than the three boys, And she is not only large, but also forward. Just now she and Horace do not attend school, as she is doing the cooking, or leading off in it, under my direction. She is getting so that she can cook nicely, and it is good for her health, as she is growing very strong. She is full of fun and frolic, and somewhat careless and untidy in her habits and appearance, but very smart to work and capable of every way promising to make a very useful woman. I long to see her more interested in spiritual things. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.) Apr. 11. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 68.) Apr. 12. Thursday. Mrs. Chrisman and Mary Bragg called this afternoon. I have been to prayermeeting tonight. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 66.) Apr. 13. Friday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 65.) Apr. 14. Saturday. We have had a cloudy day with very light showers. Every body is looking and longing earnestly for a good rain, for it is about the last chance for the crops about here to perfect themselves. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) Apr. 15. Sabbath. It is just a little cloudy today. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Leaving the principles of the doctrines of Christ, let us go on unto perfection." This afternoon, we have had a very heavy shower of hail and rain, accompanied with lightning and thunder. If it would go on and rain more it would be refreshing to the dry and thirsty earth. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.)

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January 1877


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