Delia Locke


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1879. dressed it for him. Sarah took tea with us. A strange thing happened tonight about nine o'clock, just after I went to bed. Dr. has been giving Mr. Nichols quieting medicine that he might be able to get sleep, as he has been without sleep so long. When I got ready to retire, he seemed to be fast asleep, sitting up on the lounge, but soon he got up and went out. Dr. came home from the store and inquired for him, and I told him he had stepped out. He waited awhile for him to come in, and as he did not come, Dr. went out with a lamp to hunt him, hunted all over the yard, even looked into the well, and finally got help from others and searched in every house in the place without finding him. At last he was found two miles from here, at Shep. Hendell's place. He had wandered there, without hat or coat, in his slippers, fast asleep until he had nearly reached that place, and being completely exhausted, they had put him to bed. Dr. went down with the spring wagon and brought him home on a bed. So we had quite a fright. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 68.) Mar. 14. Friday. Have written to Horace, Ida and Mrs. Tabor. I received a good letter from Howard he writes that they are having snow at West Print. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 67.) Mar. 15. Saturday. Have written to Rebecca. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 62.) Mar. 16. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "Come unto me all ye that labor", etc. It was not so good a sermon as he might have preached from those beautiful words. This afternoon, Mr. & Mrs. Jory, Mr. & Mrs. Wagner and Mother came in to see Mr. Nichols. He is pretty comfortable. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Mar. 17. Monday. Received letters from Howard, Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) Mar. 18. Tuesday. A cloudy and rainy day. Took sewing work to Mrs. Stone, and wrote to Howard. Received a letter 1879. from Ada. She commenced her school yesterday has received no letter from home since she left and is home sick and lonely. It is three miles to the Post Office from where she lives, and so she will not received mails very regularly. She has a pleasant boarding place at Mr. Wakerly's but she has to walk a half mile to her school, which, as the roads are so muddy, is not very pleasant, also it is tire some. She enclosed a letter from Mary Porter, telling of the serious illness of her brother Calvin, who is failing in consumption, and is not expected to live long. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 60.) Mar. 19. Wednesday. Still cloudy and rainy. I have written to Ada. Georgie is now seventeen months old, weighs twenty nine and one-half pounds, and has twelve teeth. He has as many teeth as any of the children except Howard and Eddie who had sixteen. I wrote that Eddie was the "champion" in size, but Georgic beats him, and so he is the "champion", as Eddie weighed but twenty six pounds. But Georgic does not talk nearly as well as Eddie did. He does not seem to improve much in talking, but he grows worse and worse about doing mischief. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 54.) Mar. 20. Thursday. Still cloudy. Wrote to Horace, Ida and Luther. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 54.) Mar. 21. Friday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. Have written to Sister Clara and received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 59.) Mar. 22. Saturday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) Mar. 23. Sabbath. Still cloudy. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached upon the Omniscience of God, from the text. "His eyes are upon the ways of men", etc. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 66.) Mar. 24. Monday. A little cloudy. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 74. S.S. 67.) Mar. 25. Tuesday. Mrs. Whitney called to say goodbye this morn as she is going now to Oakland, and from there to

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January 1879

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