Delia Locke


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1878. Jan. 29. Tuesday. Weather still cloudy. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 56.) Jan. 30. Wednesday. The morning was very windy and rainy, and the day showery. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 52.) Jan. 30. Thursday. The forenoon was windy and rainy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.) Feb. 1. Friday. I have written to Howard. Mrs. Morse and Mrs. Charles Elliott called. They are going about to sell tickets for an entertainment which the Lodi proper are getting up for Mr. Stewart's benefit. We hope they will succeed well, for it is high time they were paying Mr. Stewart something on his salary. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Feb. 2. Saturday. We have received a letter from Ada. She likes her school better than any other she has taught, and has a very pleasant boarding place at Mr. Rynolds. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Feb. 3. Sabbath. After the S. school today we gave out prices to the children for them to learn for a S. S. Concert which we are soon to have to raise money for S.S. papers. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Feb. 4. Monday. Again cloudy and rainy. Farmers are beginning to cry "too much rain." (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 52.) Feb. 5. Tuesday. I have been again to see Arthur Geffroy and Annie O'Neil. Both are in a critical condition and may not recover. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Feb. 6. Wednesday. The forenoon was very windy and rainy. I have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 49.) Feb. 7. Thursday. A rainy morning and a cloudy day. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.) Feb. 8. Friday. A cloudy day with occasional heavy showers. I have been again to see the sick ones. Arthur is worse. He has sinking spells which may precede death, still we have hopes that he may recover. Annie O'Neil is decidedly better, but is so weak that she needs very careful nursing. She seems to be like one who has risen from the grave, almost. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) 1878. Feb. 9. Saturday. About noon today, Arthur Geffroy died aged two yrs. and nine mos. He has suffered much in his head, seeming to be delirious most of the time, as soon as he would fall asleep, either day or night Probably the bad humor which covered his head and face when younger, and which has always been on the top of his head, had something to do with the cause of his last sickness. I have been there this afternoon till past sunset. Hannah has been over to see about a place to bury him. She has sent a telegram to his father, but she does not expect he can come here. How sad for her to lay her only boy away when his father is so far away. I have received a Postal Card from Ada desiring me to send her medicine for a very sore throat. She has been going to school so much in the wet and dampness, that she has taken a severe cold. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 54.) Feb. 10. Sabbath. A cloudy day. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Stewart preached from the text. "Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed," &c. Mrs. Athearn and her grand - daughter - Louisa Magee - dined with us and we went to funeral of Arthur Geffroy immediately after. Mr. Stewart had to go to Lodi and preach this afternoon, so Hannah had only a short service at the house, then we took him to the grave and sang a hymn while they buried him. Hannah has no good picture of her dear boy. He looked so beautiful and pure as he lay in the casket, it seemed too bad to put him in the damp cold earth. But let her think of the dear child, forever more bright and glorious, in the bosom of the tender Shepherd, frac from earth - stains. Cowing home from the burial there were Dr. and myself, and Clara and her two children, all in the buggy, and going over a sidelong place in the road. Dr. slipped out, and was for a moment insensible, as he struck on the back of his head, and

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January 1878

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