Delia Locke


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1879. Jan. 13. Monday. Forenoon foggy and cold. As it was Susie's birthday - she is just forty - I went over there and spent the day with her. Received letters from Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 28. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 40.) Jan. 14. Tuesday. We had a heavy rain this morning early followed by a windy day. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 44.) Jan. 15. Wednesday. Wrote to Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 43.) Jan. 16. Thursday. I have written to Luther. I went with Geo. to Ramsdell's to try and get his photograph taken but did not succeed. His rooms are uncomfortable and though baby sat well. Ramsdell said the weather was so cold, his chemicals would not work. Anything for an excuse. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Jan. 17. Friday. Forenoon cloudy. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 47.) Jan. 18. Saturday. Forenoon foggy and chilly through the day. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 44.) Jan. 19. Sabbath. Another foggy forenoon. Have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest," etc. in behalf of the cause of Home Missions. Georgic is now fifteen months old, weighs Twenty seven pounds, but has as yet but eight teeth. When he wishes food or drink he says "num, num". He is very mischievous and meddlesome, and needs constant care and watch, or he would do much harm. He cannot be left alone safely a moment, unless he is in his crib. Twice he has caught a newspaper, stuck a corner of it in the fire and run around the room with it blazing in his hand. He is a very good - natured, happy child. (T.S.R. 29. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 50.) Jan. 20. Monday. Have received letters from Luther, Horace and Ida today. Luther has arrived safely in Grantsville but finds it very cold there, and the snow eight in deep. He made the trip in the short time of three days. (T.S.R. 30. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 51.) Jan. 21. Tuesday. Wrote to Horace (T.S.R. 31. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Jan. 22. Wednesday. Cloudy. Wrote to Ida. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 57.) 1879. Jan. 23. Thursday. A rainy day. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 24. Friday. Cloudy and rainy. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 61.) Jan. 25. Saturday. Rainy in the afternoon. This is a good rain and we are glad to see it. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.) Jan. 26. Sabbath. Weather cloudy and showery. We went to meeting. and came home in a pouring rain. Nothing could please the farmers more than this soaking rain. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "But when Sanballat the Horonote and Tobiah the Ammonite heard that, it grieved them exceedingly, that a man had come to seek the welfare of the children of Israel. "The enemies of the gospel are grieved to see it prosper. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 49.) Jan. 27. Monday. A rainy morning. Received four letters - one from each of the absent children and one from Sister Geffroy. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 46.) Jan. 28. Tuesday. Another rainy morning. Mrs. Stewart called. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 48.) Jan. 29. Wednesday. Wrote to Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 47.) Jan. 30. Thursday. A cloudy day. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 49.) Jan. 31. Friday. The Social of the Ladies' Aid Society met here this eve, but there was a small attendance owing partly to the fact that a meeting of the Young Men was called for this evening to organize a Literacy Society. After that meeting adjourned, some of the young men came in (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 55. 2 P.M. 50.) Feb. 1. Saturday. The excitement of the meeting last night was too much for me, and today I have been sick in bed all day with headache. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 2. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual, and also the communion service. Mr. & Mrs. Lander united with the church by letter. We are glad of this addition to our numbers and strength, for we feel that they will really strengthen us. Fanny Athearn and Alice Andrew came here and stayed after meeting until the evening. The new Cong, church at Lodi was dedicated today, and

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January 1879

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