Delia Locke


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1877. July 5. Thursday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.) July 6. Friday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 77.) July 7. Saturday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 81.) July 8. Sabbath. We have attended meeting and communion service Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. This evening he has preached about John Griffin and his untimely death. He held his audience, as if shell - bound for nearly two hours, while he warned his hearers to a void those evil habits which has led the murderer to this dreadful deed. (T.S.R. 61. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 81.) July 9. Monday. Have received our usual weekly letter from Luther. He is not pleasantly situated when he tries to live in Mr. Hetfield's family, for the old woman is so jealous of him that she cannot speak comfortably to him, and she stirs up Robert and her husband to bitterness and meanness. Luther thinks of taking the cows to a place a little distance off and keeping dairy with a man by the name of Ben Deben ham. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) July 10. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) July 11. Wednesday. Horace is quite sick - has bad cough and is threatened with lung fever. For a long time, he has been strong and free from sickness. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 97. S.S. 89.) July 12. Thursday. A dreadful thing has happened today. Joab Spooner who was at work on a threshing machine as feeder, in some way slipped in with one foot, and this foot and leg were immediately crushed and mangled in a fearful manner, so as to require amputation. He was several miles from Lodi, but was carried there, and amputation was performed by Dr. Gordon, though he was by that time in a dying stale, and did not live long. His mother and brothers were sent for, but he was so far gone that he did not seem to know them, and soon breathed his last, aged twenty. He has not been a good boy, and what hope is there for him in his death? (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 102. S.S. 88.) July 13. Friday. The funeral of Joab Spooner was attended at the brick church, and he was laid beside his father and 1877. brother, all three having come to an untimely end. Will the mother and two surviving brothers take warning? Charlie seems to be deeply impressed. May these impressions be leading! I have great hopes of him, that he will make a good man. (T.S.R. 72. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 91.) July 14. Saturday. (T.S.R. 73. 2 P.M. 99. S.S. 88.) July 15. Sabbath. We have attended Sabbath school as usual. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 76.) July 16. Monday. I have been sick with asthma today. As the weather grows warmer my trouble increases. (T.S.R. 71. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) July 17. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 75.) July 18. Wednesday. Mrs. Annie Moffett died today. She left a young babe, to the care of the Thomas' Milton Mowry was married to Nellie Pygall, and together they afterwards attended the Lodge Social. Mr. Cudner married them, and it is said they had wine at the wedding - a bad beginning. Nellie is a Lodge member. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) July 19. Thursday. Mrs. Moffett was buried today beside her little one at the brick church. Howard is today eighteen years old, and his size, as near as I can tell, is about the same as Luther's was. He weighs one hundred and fifty lbs. and is five feet and seven inches in height. Next week he expects to commence school at the Normal. Of late he has been very studious and has really made up his mind to be a scholar which was once so much against his tastes and inclinations. He can if he will, for he is smart enough, and we shall be much pleased if he does. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 72.) July 20. Friday. We have had a cloudy day, with several times a sprinkling of rain in the P. M. This is weather "out of season." Mr. Gordon lost their only daughter of diphtheria. She was a little girl, and if she had been left with them, might have been petted and spoiled, and surely was not in a way to be brought up right, with such a man for a father, so the kind Shepherd removed the little lamb, to a better clime. (T.S.R. 69. 2 P.M. 88. S.S. 82.)

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January 1877

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