Delia Locke


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1879. Jan. 1. Wednesday. We have been to see them lay Mrs. Weber away in the grave. Her New Year was commenced in a brighter clime than this. The funeral was in the church. Mr. Dinsmore officiating. The weather is not so cold. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) Jan. 2. Thursday. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Jan. 3. Friday. Rode over to Father's this morn and made a short stay. Since Father has recovered his usual health, Mother has been sick and feeble. She was seated at her table, rolling out piecrust, making three or more different kinds of pies. If you ask her why she worries herself with working that way when she is so feeble, she will answer that she must cook for the men to eat. Only Father, John and Grant, and yet you would think she had a house full of men to cook for. She makes herself so much more work than is necessary. Mrs. Le Faber has called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 49.) Jan. 4. Saturday. Weather a little cloudy. Received a letter from Hannah Geffroy, telling of a pleasant Christmas tree they had at home, with some neighbors invited. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 51. S.S. 49.) Jan. 5. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. In my S. School class. I presented prizes to four of my boys for good attendance - Bibles with their names in gilt letters on the outside. They were - Julius Bruml Simon Wagner, Willard and Wallace Locke. Of these, Julius Bruml attended the whole year without being once absent or tardy - the more remarkable as he belongs to a Jewish family. Willard and Wallace were each once absent and once tardy, and Simon was four times absent. To make a distinction in favor of Julius. I gave him also a box of stationery. I also gave a book to Harry Inglis, who tried hard for the prize, but failed on account of circumstances beyond his control. No deaths in the class, but two removals. Whole number of scholars - fifteen. I made a report for my class before the school. Mr. Dinsmore 1879. preached on Christian unity from the text. "I beseech you therefore brethren that ye all have one mind." The week of prayer is to be observed this following week, by a meeting each night. In the "Pacific" we see a notice of the resignation of Mr. Blakeslee as traveling editor which he has been for so many years. Henceforth there is to be no traveling Editor and the subscription price is reduced from four to two and one-half dollars. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 47.) Jan. 6. Monday. The parting day has come again. Not long can such a family as ours remain altogether. Luther has postponed starting longer than he thought he could, and the San Jose children must go back to school. So we say goodby to three of them, and they are gone. Previous to starting, however, the five largest children went to Ramsdell's Photograph Saloon and stood in a group for their pictures. Howard is to have a five months vacation from school, in which he intends to teach. (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 49.) Jan. 7. Tuesday. A windy day. A postal from Horace informs us that they arrived in San Jose safely. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 45.) Jan. 8. Wednesday. I have written today to Hannah Geffroy and Mrs. Tabor. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 43.) Jan. 9. Thursday. We had a little rain in the early morning, but we have occasion to fear a dry season. I have written to the absent ones - Luther, Horace and Ida. It is too cold for rain. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 41.) Jan. 10. Friday. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Jan. 11. Saturday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 24. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 12. Sabbath. The weather is still cloudy, but unless it moderates it cannot rain much, for it is too cold. We have been to meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore took "prayer" as the subject of his discourse - text - "For this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything in his name, He hearth us." He put it to vote in the congregation whether the meetings should continue another week, all wishing it to write it upon a slip of paper, and it was decided to continue. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 40.)

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January 1879

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