Delia Locke


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1877. May. 28. Monday. A rainy day, so rainy at night that the children got quite wet coming home from school. However, we had our annual church meeting, though but few were present. Mrs. Inglis Mrs. Thomson and myself were all the sisters present. We found a deficiency of 112.60 on the salary for the year, but there has been paid for organ and other expenses - $226. We voted to here Mr. Stewart for another year at the same salary viz. $500, and he agreed to stay, though we have official information that the Home Miss. Society cannot aid us, as they are $30,000 in debt, Susie and I were again chosen to fill the offices of Sec. and Treasurer. They tried to elect a Dea. to take the place of Mr. Wallace, but failed, and postponed the matter. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53. May 29. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) May 30. Wednesday. I am now forty one years old, and in excellent health. I have not been stronger since my marriage, I suppose than now. John Calvin is now eight years old, weighs fifty five pounds and lacks but a half inch of being four feet in height. Only Mary and Ada were smaller than he is, though he is well and strong, yet he does not seem to grow fast. He is in the Second Reader at School, but is not as forward as Hannah was. He has not yet learned to write, but that is the fault of the school, which is not very well managed, under Miss Howe. He is quick in music. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) May 31. Thursday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 72.) June 1. Friday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 66.) June 2. Saturday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 63.) June 3. Sabbath. Have attended S. school as usual. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) June 4. Monday. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 77.) June 5. Tuesday. I have been out collecting for salary and shopping. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73. June 6. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 74.) 1877. June 7. Thursday. A very windy day. Have been to prayer meeting this evening. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 85.) June 8. Friday. Clarence Flanders' oldest child a girl of seven years - died of diphtheria. The dreadful disease has not yet spent its force on the children here. (T.S.R. 67. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 89.) June 9. Saturday. The bell tolled again this morning for a little babe of Mrs. Tubert's - who is a sister of Mr. Klinker's. It died of weakness, as its mother is an invalid. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 86.) June 10. Sabbath. Have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "For the love of Christ constraineth us." The Annual Reports of Secretary and Treasurer were read, which were rather encouraging than otherwise. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 104. S.S. 92.) June 11. Monday. Another victim to the dread diphtheria. Mr. Montgomery's youngest child died this morning a boy of two years and four months. This is the warmest day of the season, and fearful for a sick person. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 90.) June 12. Tuesday. Very warm. (T.S.R. 70. 2 P.M. 106. S.S. 90.) June 13. Wednesday. Again the bell tolled, and this time for a five year old child of Mike Farley's. Still the diphtheria has its victims. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 79.) June 14. Thursday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) June 15. Friday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) June 16. Saturday. The bell tolled again tonight for a boy of fourteen years - son of Mr. Hillagus - on the other side of the river. He died of the same dreadful diphtheria, and several others are sick. It is having a sad return, when all hoped it had left. The weather is much cooler. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) June 17. Sabbath. Have attended S. school. Mrs. Huntington was there with her children. She is visiting Susie. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) June 18. Monday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) June 19. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 72.) June 20. Wednesday. The only remaining child of Mike Farley's - a

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January 1877


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