Delia Locke


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(T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 92. S.S. 83.) 1877. Sept. 10. Monday. Reid letters from our absent boys. Luther and Howard. They contained the good news of their good health. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 70.) Sept. 11. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 72.) Sept. 12. Wednesday. Sent a Bible to Howard today according to his written request. It went accompanied with his mother's prayer that God would bless the study of His Word to the saving of his soul. Have just heard of the death of Dea. James Ford of North Abington. He was one of the "salt of the earth". Six ministers came to do him honor at his funeral. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 72.) Sept. 13. Thursday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 76.) Sept. 14. Friday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 82.) Sept. 15. Saturday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Sept. 16. Sabbath. We have attended S. school today as usual. This morning as Mary and Hannah were washing the breakfast dishes, Mary got dreadfully burned in the following manner, viz. a hole had been broken through the floor the eve before, near the place where she stood to wash the dishes. She pound a dipper full of hot water from the tea-kettle and stepped back quickly with it, being in great hurry, and her foot went down into the hole. In throwing up her hands to save herself, the water was poured all over her right arm. Nora heard her screams and ran to her and poured cold water over her arm. As soon as I could get her into my room. I commenced pouring abietene on it, but her arm is fearfully burned, clear to the shoulder. Her father stayed at home with her and applied cold water first, then a plaster of flour and the while of eggs. She was in agony with it all the forenoon, but is easy tonight. It is blistered to above the elbow. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 82.) Sept. 17. Monday. Received a letter from Howard. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 84.) 1877. Sept. 18. Tuesday. We have had my parents pictures enlarged from common size photographs to larger ones. Cost all framed $5. a price. A man came around and took the photographs and sent them to Philadelphia to be copied. He brought the pictures today. They are very satisfactory, and we have now given him those of Father and Mother Locke to finish in the same way. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 86.) Sept. 19. Wednesday. Mr. Hetfield has been here, visited us, and has now left for Nevada again. His health has considerably improved during his stay here. He has given Bob too much liberty with his property and Bob is making him much trouble, by running the estate into debt. It is a pity such an old man as he is, should not have a quiet home. (T.S.R. 64. 2 P.M. 93. S.S. 81.) Sept. 20. Thursday Cooler. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) Sept. 21. Friday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Sept. 22. Saturday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 70.) Sept. 23. Sabbath. Did not feel able to attend meeting. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 71.) Sept. 24. Monday. Received letters from Luther and Mr. Hetfield. The latter had reached Wadsworth on his return home. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 74.) Sept. 25. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 74.) Sept. 26. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 78.) Sept. 27. Thursday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.) Sept. 28. Friday. Grandpa Haley died today – seventy four years old. He was great grandfather to three children. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 76.) Sept. 29. Saturday. Another death of an aged person. Mrs. Fletcher Mrs. Putnam's mother - an invalid for years - died today - aged sixty nine. The funeral of Grandpa Haley was hold. Poor man! even his children were glad when he died. Fanny Owens has long cared for him. She was his grand-daughter, but his children had "no room for him". How sad to see such an old age. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.)

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January 1877

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