Delia Locke


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1879. and Mrs. Lander for Secretary. The social was held there this evening, which, however is a separate affair Received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 67.) Apr. 30. Wednesday. I have written to Ada and received a letter from Howard. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 67.) May 1. Thursday. A cloudy forenoon. I have written to Howard and received a letter from Eliza. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 63.) May 2. Friday. A windy day. Have written to Horace and Ida and received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) May. 3. Saturday. The Good Templars have held a picnic in our grove today. Mr. Keniston, orator for the day. I have not felt able to go, but Dr. and the children went. Old Mrs. Elliott made me a call this afternoon. She came to the picnic and not finding me there, came here to see me. She has grown old and feeble since I last saw her. Mamie Gove was at the picnic, but not able to get out of her buggy. They fear she is failing in consumption. She is pale and weak. I have written to Luther today. Mr. Cowell took tea with us. He reports another babe in Charlie Hard's family, born last mo. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) May. 4. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "Though thy precepts I get understanding." (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 64.) May. 5. Monday. Received letters from Horace and Ida. They had a May-day vacation and improved it by attending a picnic in Alma, and visiting Lizzie McLellan. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 60.) May. 6. Tuesday. A cloudy day and a shower at noon-time. Wrote to Horace and Ida and received a letter from Ada. She is not well. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) May. 7. Wednesday. We had a frost this morning in the bottom which will surely kill early fruits and vegetables. This is the special election day for deriding between the old and new Constitutions. About here the new Constitution prevails, and doubtless through the Stats. I have written to Ada and received a letter from Howard. The ladies have had a Sewing Circle in the church this afternoon and ten more present. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 60.) 1879. May 8. Thursday. We have been married this day twenty four yes. A busy, happy life I have had, as free from care as could be with such a large family, and as free from sorrow, and I thank the Father for all his kindness to me and mine. Have written to Howard. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) May 9. Friday. Mr. Ambrose took his first class with him to attend the Teacher's Institute in Stockton, Willie among them I have written to Luther, and went to the store and to Mrs. Grubs's, to see about work. As I was on my way home I saw Mrs. Ellen Baird, with her husband and father. Mr. White of Randolph, Mass. - on their way to the Big Trees. Mr. white is making Gal a short visit - is going back soon. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 62.) May 10. Saturday. This morning early, we had a storm of hail. I have written to Clara. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 60.) May. 11. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink." Some are dissatisfied with Mr. Dinsmore, but none so much so as Mother. She cannot say a good word for him, and will not stay to hear him preach. Moreover, she tries to influence Father to leave after the S. school is out, as she does. But he has only left once or twice, and says he shall continued his weekly pledge as long as Mr. Dinsmore stays, though he does not like him. Many have sent me word, that they shall contribute no more to the salary, as long as he is Pastor, so it makes it hard for me as Treasurer, and those who do continue to pay. Mr. Dinsmore preaches well, but he does no pastoral work, does not visit among the people, and is very trifling in his behavior out of the pulpit. Some of our folks have been to the Brick Church this afternoon to hear Mr. Benson preach. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 64.) May 12. Monday. Received letters from Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 69.) May 13. Tuesday. Wrote to Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 84. S.S. 70.) May. 14. Wednesday. Forenoon a little cloudy. Have written to Ada. Attended the Sewing Circle this afternoon in the church. Eleven were present. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 58.)

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January 1879

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