Delia Locke


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1877. little girl - died of the same fatal disease today, and they are written childless. How sad and lonely the mother's heart must be. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 71.) June 21.Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 68.) June 22. Friday. We have been very busy today baking for the picnic which Ada and Minnie Bust are to have together with their schools tomorrow, as they close. In the midst of it, Mr. & Mrs. Bust and Evie came. They will stay here tonight, and attend the picnic tomorrow. Charles Dial's youngest child. Minnie - died today, from some trouble of the brain. So now his first wife and children, all lie side by side, and he has commenced with another family. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 76.) June 23. Saturday. A windy day and another death. This time it is Katie Sherden - eleven years old - and large of her age, who has been taken by diphtheria. O relentless disease! Ada and Minnie did not have so good a day for their closing picnic, as they had desired, on account of the wind. Then, just as the exercises commenced, the platform, which had been put up for the literary exercises, came down with a crash. No harm done, fortunately, only up setting the equilibrium of things generally. Minnie's organ was on the platform, and she performing on it, and quite a number of scholars but none of them were hurt. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 76.) June 24. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." The Busts came in the afternoon and Minnie with them. They took tea at Geo's and will stay here over night. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M.85. S.S. 76.) June 25. Monday. After breakfast, the Burts started for home. Mr. & Mrs. Burt show plainly the marks of age. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 70.) June 26. Tuesday. Weather cooler, which was nice for our washing. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) 1877. June 27. Wednesday. We have had uncommon weather for this time of the year. The day was cloudy with a sprinkling of rain at night. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 70.) June 28. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 68.) June 29. Friday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 74.) June 30. Saturday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 74.) July 1. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today. Near the middle of the day Polly Trethaway died of diphtheria - aged sixteen. She has been sick but a few days and her father and sisters are almost inconsolable. She has the youngest daughter and very amiable. She was perfectly willing to die, and expressed her trust in Jesus, bidding all her friends goodby, and sending messages to the absent ones. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 74.) July 2. Monday. The funeral of Polly Trethaway took place at the Brick church, and nearly all one family went but me. The church was beautifully decorated with evergreens, and on the front of the pulpit above the coffin were the words in flowers. "Polly's gone home." The coffin was piled with flowers, and there were floral offerings every where. Her brothers Samuel and James went into fainting fits, and the whole family seems nearly beside itself with grief. They sent to Chico for Rev. John Bryand to officiate at the funeral, and Mr. Stewart assisted him. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 71.) July 3. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 66.) July 4. Wednesday. Such a 4th of July was never before in Lockeford, and we hope will never be again. The bell noisily ushered it in, but before night had tolled twice for the dead. In the first place, it was a cloudy day. The young people had a great deal of fun and merriment in the morning, marching in procession round the streets, in imitation of the processions seen in the cities on such occasions. Some were made to represent different trades, and some were arranged

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January 1877

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