Delia Locke


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1879. May 15. Thursday. I have written to Howard today and received a letter from him and a Postal from Ada. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) May 16. Friday. Remembered Roland today by writing a Postal to him, as it his birthday and he is thirty seven years old. Also wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.) May 17. Saturday. A cloudy and rainy day. Mrs. Mark Flanders called with her baby, whom she calls Roy. I have not seen her for a long time before, and she has changed much. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 56.) May 18. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text. "He that is not with me is against me." The night is rainy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 62.) May 19. Monday. The early morn was very rainy and the day showery with thunder at noon. Georgic is now nineteen months old, weighs twenty nine pounds and has fourteen teeth. So he is the champion of all the children in size, has the same number of teeth that Johnnie had, which was more than Mary, Willie and Hannah had, and less than the others. He has added some to the number of words he tries to say, but is not as forward in talking as some of the others were. I think that he is also the champion in doing mischief, for he burns, breaks and tears, almost constantly unless he is watched, and he needs the care of one all the time while he is awake. Have received letters from Luther, Horace and Ida today. Luther is about giving up the business of butchering and keeping market in connection with Geo. Mowry in Grantsville, and talks of letting the market to another party. Horace and Ida are coming home from school this week for vacation. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) May 20. Tuesday. Wrote a Postal to Horace and received a letter from Ada. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) May 21. Wednesday. Cloudy again. Wrote to Ada and received a letter from Howard. Have attended the sewing Circle at the church this afternoon. But six were present, for there was a funeral at the Brick Church, which called some away. Wm. Brooks now of Lodi - was buried. He has died after a short illness, 1879. leaving ten children and wife, to mourn his loss. Perhaps they will not have cause to mourn much, for he never did much for them, by precept or example, to make them good and what money he made for their support, he made mostly by gambling. But in his last hours he repented, (I have this from Mr. & Mrs. Stewart, who have called here today) prayed for forgiveness, and it is to be hoped was forgiven, although at the eleventh hour. Mr. Stewart says he called his former associates to his bedside at the last, and warned them to repent and not to live as he had lived. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 60.) May 22. Thursday. Still a little cloudy. Wrote to Howard today. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 64.) May 23. Friday. Horace and Ida came home from San Jose Normal School today, and Edna Ross - one of Sarah's classmates - came with them to visit Sarah, and went over there. Her home is in San Jose, and she is rather an invalid and not able to attend school as a regular scholar. She has come into the country to see if the change will not benefit her health. Horace and Ida are tired and wearied out with study but are well. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 66.) May 24. Saturday. I have written to Luther today. Ida has been taking lessons today in transferring photographs to concave glasses and painting them in a way to make them look more lifelike. A gentleman (I think his name is Mr. Hicks) is traveling around and giving these lessons. Ida learns this very readily, because she already knows how to paint with oil colors. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) May 25. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual, and Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text. "The pure in heart shall see God." (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 62.) May 26. Monday. Mr. Stewart called. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 66.) May 27. Tuesday. Mrs. Heath called with a young woman - Miss Elthorp - who is trying to get a class in this place in instrumental music. As we have just engaged Mrs. Hickox to give Hannah and Mary music lessons, we had no occasion to employ this lady. And I think she has small chance for a class here. (T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.)

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January 1879

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