Delia Locke


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1878. Feb. 19. Tuesday. Georgie is today four months old and weigh eighteen and one-fourth pounds. He is the third in size only Luther and Howard weighing more. Eddie was the third in size but Georgie weighs three-eights of a pound more than he did. He is strong in his limbs and has learned to know his mamma. We think he resembles Eddie when his eyes are shut but he has prettier eyes. Levi Leland is still here and lectured again tonight. He is said to be a very captivating temperance lecturer and has secured ninety names already to the Murphy pledge This is the last day of life to Mr. Rover, convicted of murder. He was hung today in Reno, Nevada. Dr. saw him in the jail there when he was in that State. He has been on trial about four years, but has finally suffered death for his crimes, though he protests his innocence to the last. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 54.) Feb. 20. Wednesday. Another very windy and rainy day. Still Mr. Leland lectures, and has a crowd to hear him. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Feb. 21. Thursday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 52.) Feb. 22. Friday. Mr. Leland is still here and lecturing every night I have written to Ada, and received letters from Ada and Howard. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 56.) Feb. 23. Saturday. Little cloudy. Mr. Leland is still here. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Feb. 24. Sabbath. Mr. Leland went to Washington Dist. this forenoon and lectured, then to Alpine Dist this eve and instituted a Lodge there to be known as Elkhorn Lodge. He is very successful in obtaining signatures to the Murply Pledge, having obtained about two hundred in all. It is so fashion able now for people to wear the "Blue Ribbon" that ever the saloon men put it on, without taking the pledge. We have attended meeting and Mr. Stewart preached about the Blue Ribbon badge and what it ought to signify, namely purity of heart and life. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) 1878. Feb. 25. Monday. Received a letter from Luther today. He and Geo. Mowry are about putting up a meat market at Grantsville - a rapidly growing town only two or three miles from Luther's place, when a quartz mill is going up. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 57.) Feb. 26. Tuesday. Forenoon rainy with a high wind. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 48.) Feb. 27. Wednesday. A very windy forenoon. A blind was blown from one of the garret windows, away over into the grape patch and broken all to prices. We have very high winds this spring. The afternoon was rainy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 48.) Feb. 28. Thursday. A cloudy day. I have written to Luther. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Mar. 1. Friday. I have written to Ada. Have been to see Hannah G. today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Mar. 2. Saturday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 3. Sabbath. Another cloudy and rainy day. We have attended S. School as usual. These cold rains are killing off the sheep by hundreds, and Dr. went yesterday to sheep camp on the plains and did not return till tonight. In coming through the pasture gate his horse tried to run from him, and in attempting to catch him, the Dr. fell flat on his fare and took the skin off his nose, and bruised him badly, while the horse came home as though nothing had happened. Dr. Walker is dead. He never recovered from the cancer in his face. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 46.) Mar. 4. Monday. A cloudy day again. [?] letters from Luther and Howard. Luther writes that Geo. Mowry has arrived and they have commenced work on the market in Grants ville. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Mar. 5. Tuesday. Afternoon cloudy. Received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Mar. 6. Wednesday. A rainy day, and in the midst of the rain and the dreariness, Ephraim Whitney was carried to his last resting place, without a relative to follow him, and indeed he has had none with him through all his sickness. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 54.)

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January 1878

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