Delia Locke


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1879. short time to attend the Sewing Circle at the church. There were six present. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 73.) July 3. Thursday. Wrote postal to Ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 76.) July 4. Friday. This has been a very quiet day in Lockeford - no attempt at celebration, and but few going out of town. For our selves, having fifty in the family, counting headers and threshers, we have had more of work than of play. I have written to Luther and received a letter from Rebecca. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) July 5. Saturday. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 78.) July 6. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the text, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace" &c (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 72.) July 7. Monday. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 66.) July 8. Tuesday. Rev. F. Wales came for his horse which has been kept in pasture here since the Yo Semite trip. He is here for the night. Received a letter from Ada. The weather is cooler. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) July 9. Wednesday. Ada has come again, feeling quite recruited from school and now looking out for another school. We have attended the Sewing Circle this afternoon. Mr. Wales is still here and with Mr. Dinsmore was at our meeting. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 86. S.S. 82.) July 10. Thursday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 82.) July 11. Friday. Have written to Luther and received a letter from him. Now all the children are at home but Luther, just for a little while. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 70.) July 12. Saturday. A little cloudy. (T.S.R. 63. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 73.) July 13. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual. Mr. Dinsmore preached from the words, "Faith without works is dead." We learn today of the death of Mother Locke. She died on the third inst. and lay dead over the fourth of July celebration. She was seventy eight years old last month - has been failing for years - ever since she met with that accident by the side of the railroad, when her horse was frightened and threw her out of her wagon. She has been very helpless for a long time, and has had a man by the name of David Merrill to help her about the horse and on the farm. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 82. S.S. 75.) July 14. Monday. (T.S.R. 59. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 72.) July 15. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 57. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 79.) 1879. July 16. Wednesday. I have not felt able to attend the Sewing Circle today, but the girls went. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 84.) July 17. Thursday. (T.S.R. 65. 2 P.M. 95. S.S. 85.) July 18. Friday. (T.S.R. 62. 2 P.M. 87. S.S. 73.) July 19. Saturday. I have today written to Luther. Howard is now twenty years old - weighs one hundred and fifty pounds and is five feet, eight inches in height. He will not probably be any taller as he seems to have got to his height, and has quite heavy beard. On this account, he looks older than he really is, and strangers think him to be twenty five. He has acquired dignity and self-possession by teaching school, which will help him much in his last year at the Normal, which will commence soon, and we think and hope he will take a high stand in the Senior class. Georgic is now twenty one months old and weighs twenty nine lbs. and has sixteen teeth - the same number that most of the children had - but he is still the "champion" baby in size. In talking he is not as forward as many of them were. He says, "Hannah, Eddie, Ida, Nonny for Johnny Howis for Horace," also when he sees a horse or the picture of one he says, "Get up, Jennie." He is a very boyish boy and extremely active. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 79.) July 20. Sabbath. We have attended meeting as usual, and heard Mr. Dinsmore preach from the text, "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation." Mr. D. called a meeting of the church after service, and asked them if they know they were $145. behind in paying him his salary. Yes, we said we knew it, but that we intended to pay it all up after harvest, which is now in progress, and that if he were patient, we thought we should be able to come out all right. But he is as uneasy as can be, because just now times are so hard, and money so scarce. Perhaps he knows that he does not conduct himself in a manner to win respect, and fears we shall not be able to raise his salary at all. (T.S.R. 60. 2 P.M. 83. S.S. 74.) July 21. Monday. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 85. S.S. 76.) July 22. Tuesday. Have received a letter from Hannah G. today. She feels very lonely and discontented, as they have no Sabbath or school privileges. (T.S.R. 58. 2 P.M. 91. S.S. 85.)

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January 1879


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