Delia Locke


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1877. Sabbath. We had S. school this morning, and the funeral of Mrs. Fletcher was attended this afternoon in the church, but I was not able to go to either. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Monday. Oct. 1. Received a letter from Howard today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 66.) Oct. 2. Tuesday. A windy day. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 69.) Oct. 3. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 70.) Oct. 4. Thursday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) Oct. 5. Friday. Mrs. Stewart held a musical concert this eve, to raise money to pay Mr. Thomson for his services as Sexton of the church. The exercises were very interesting. She had all her music scholars take part in exercises on the organ or in singing. The Cornet Band also favored us with music. Sarah Moore had a price with guitar accompaniment. Willie Smith also played on the violin. Sister Geffroy acted a piece about the "Toothache." Altogether it was a very enjoyable entertainment. By request of those in attendance it will be repeated, with some variations in two weeks. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 75.) Oct. 6. Saturday. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 78.) Oct. 7. Sabbath. Could not attend meeting today. Mr. Stewart went to Galt to preach this eve. So Mrs. Stewart held a praise service. We do not like Mr. Stewart's leaving us on Sunday evenings. We do not think it is right for him to do so, for we intended, if he spent him time with us, to try and pay him for it. But if he does not fill his Sunday eve. appointments, it will be very hard for us to raise his salary. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 80.) Oct. 8. Monday. Received a letter from Howard. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 79.) Oct. 9. Tuesday. I have written to Luther today. Nora Miller has left us. She did not do our work to satisfaction. Father called here this eve, with a letter from Bro. Roland. He had a little daughter born on the 6th. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 78.) 1877. Oct. 10. Wednesday. Miss Eliza Stacey came to live with us and cook for us. She is a sister of Geo. Stacey and has just come from Canada a few weeks ago. She is one of those modest, sensitive, retiring girls, whom it is wicked to offend, and besides she feels very homesick. I wish we could make it pleasant for her here, so that she would feel at home with us. She says she is twenty two years old, and has always been accustomed to hard work, after the fashion of Canadians. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 69.) Oct. 11. Thursday. Wrote to Roland in company with Susie, Hannah and Mother and Clara. This has been a cloudy day. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 65.) Oct. 12. Friday. Another cloudy day with a few drops of rain in the evening. I have written to Howard. We learn that the Elliotts have lost their little Eunice by diphtheria. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 64.) Oct. 13. Saturday. Cloudy still. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.) Oct. 14. Sabbath. I was not able to attend the S. School today. I miss it much. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 71.) Oct. 15. Monday. We have received letters from Luther and Howard. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 73.) Oct. 16. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) Oct. 17. Wednesday. An election for Justice of the Peace resulted in the choice of Geo. Owens. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) Oct. 18. Thursday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 71.) Oct. 19. Friday. Wrote to Luther this morning. Mrs. Stewart repeated her musical Concert with good success, but I did not attend. For on this day, when my mother had her last baby – twenty one years ago also to us a little son was born - our seventh son and twelvth child weighing nine and three fourths pounds. John Hammond is today twenty one years old. I think we must put Hammond in this baby's name. He was born about midnight, after the Concert. Ada is to be my nurse, and with Miss Stacey in the Kitchen, I think we shall get along nicely. The little baby is very strong. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 70.)

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January 1877

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