Delia Locke


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1878. changed so much that his Father did not at first recognize him. He wears quite a heavy red beard and weighs one hundred and ninety pounds - seems to be well and to be doing well. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Jan. 15. Tuesday. It was very windy and rainy this forenoon. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 56.) Jan. 16. Wednesday. A very windy day and a very rainy afternoon - one of the hardest blows and rains we have ever had. Trees are falling in all directions even the nice locust which stood by the well, and was so shielded by the house, fell upon the fever and well-house - turned up from the roots. The men have put it up again and braced and tied it, and Horace has sawed off the heavy branches and we hope it will grow again. Another beautiful locust by the gate is flat. Mrs. Pygall's new house was blown from its foundations, and Mr. Hughes barn was demolished, also the roof to the barn at the Blakeslee house was blown off. I have written to Dr. today. Ada is having bad weather for the first week of school. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Jan. 17. Thursday. It did not rain and I have called on Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Stewart. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 18. Friday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Father, Mother and John dined with us. We received a Postal from Ada saying that she would come home tomorrow for some things she finds she forgot to take, from packing in such haste. I have written to Howard. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 19. Saturday. Still cloudy. The funeral of Mr. Jesse Grun was attended from our church, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, Mr. Ross preaching the sermon. Baby Georgie is now three months old and weighs seventeen pounds. He is one of the largest babies we have had. He has now learned to suck his right thumb and is more quiet than heretofore. Ada came home - reports a good attendance in school notwithstanding storm. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) 1878. Jan. 20. Sabbath. A foggy morning and a cloudy day. Ada started back to Lathrop after the S. school. Her school is three miles southeast of Lathrop. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Jan. 21. Monday. Still cloudy. Have received a letter from Dr. today, and he cannot tell when he can return home. He is determined to close out partnership business with Mr. Hetfield. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Jan. 22. Tuesday. A very windy and rainy afternoon I have written to Dr. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Jan. 23. Wednesday. I have written to Howard. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 58.) Jan. 24. Thursday. A very rainy day. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 52.) Jan. 25. Friday. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 26. Saturday. Weather cloudy and a little rainy. Have been to the store and to see Annie O'Neil and Arthur Geffroy, who are both very sick. Annie has the typhoid pneumonia, and is not expected to live from day to day. Arthur is troubled with head, lungs and bowels and is a very sick child. Both have been sick about three weeks. Have received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 27. Sabbath. Cloudy and rainy. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "He that is unjust let him be unjust still." In my S. School class" I have had an average of 12/4 in attendance, which considering the rainy weather is very good indeed. It is too rainy this eve for the usual meeting. After this we think no one will cry - "dry season." (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 51.) Jan. 28. Monday. Still cloudy. Dr. has arrived home. He has bought out Mr. Hetfield at Luther's request. Luther likes the place and wishes to remain there, but I am sorry. Ida not like to have him so far away. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

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January 1878

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