Delia Locke


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1879. Oct. 20. Monday. A cloudy afternoon. Have received encouraging letters from Howard and Ida today. Ida stands No. 2 in her class, and Howard for two mos. has had an average in all the studies of 88%. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 70.) Oct. 21. Tuesday. Wrote to Howard. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) Oct. 22. Wednesday. I took a ride with Dr. to the grain field. I have written to Horace and Ida and received a letter from Horace. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 74.) Oct. 23. Thursday. Mrs. Stewart dined with us. They have about finished collecting for their album quilt, and came to see what name to write for our baby. But Baby Locke is all the name she has at present, or is likely to have. Instead of the six hundred and forty names which they at first intended to have on the quilt, they have gathered one thousand names, which will make the quilt worth one hundred dollars. The one who gets the most names is to have the quilt and there is quite a competition between Mrs. Stewart and some others for it. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 63.) Oct. 24. Friday. A little cloudy. Have written to Ada. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 68.) Oct. 25. Saturday. Wrote to Luther. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 70.) Oct. 26. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today as usual. Mr. Pascoe preached from the text. "Be not deceived, God is not mocked," & He took dinner and supper with us. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 80. S.S. 73.) Oct. 27. Monday. Have received letters today from Ada, Howard, Horace and Ida. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 76.) Oct. 28. Tuesday. I have written to Ida A man by the name of Hudso is trying to get up a singing school here. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 75.) Oct. 29. Wednesday. I have written to Horace and received a letter from Ada. I am quite unwell with asthma and cough. A boy of fourteen years by the name of Lindsay Morgan, living on the plains, died today from the effects of a gunshot wound. Some time ago he was firing his gun, and leaned it on his bare foot, when it was accidentally discharged, and the whole charge went through his foot. Lockjaw set in and it proved fatal. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 70.) 1879. Oct. 30. Thursday. Have written to Ada. Eddie Moore is today eight years old, weighs sixty pounds and measures four feet and one and one-fourth inches in height. So he is as heavy as the heaviest were. Howard and Willard - and one fourth inch taller than the tallest. But although he is large for his age, he is not strong - is weak and rather disinclined to exertion. Our school is a poor one and he does not learn fast - is a poor reader in the second reader - though he keeps a daily journal and writes well. He takes to arithmetic and learns it easily, also is a good singer (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Oct. 31. Friday. Have written to Howard and received a letter from Luther. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 61.) Nov. 1. Saturday. Wrote to Luther. Mrs. Vincent and Susie dined with us and Mother came in this afternoon. Also Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. John Haley called. Mrs. Vincent is growing old and feeble. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Nov. 2. Sabbath. I had such a bad cough today that I could not attend meeting. Mr. Pasioe dined with us and then went to the Grant school house and preached. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 64.) Nov. 3. Monday. Have received letters from all the children at San Jose - all well. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 67.) Nov. 4. Tuesday. A cloudy morning. Have written to the children at San Jose. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 62.) Nov. 5. Wednesday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 68.) Nov. 6. Thursday. A cloudy day. Have received letters from Ada and Sister Geffroy. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 64.) Nov. 7. Friday. Windy. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 62. S.S. 58.) Nov. 8. Saturday. Cloudy and windy. I have written to Luther. Baby is now two months old, weighs eleven and one-fourth pounds, and is strong and well. Since three weeks old, she would laugh when talked to, and seems intelligent and forward. She is not yet named. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.) Nov. 9. Sabbath. A windy and very rainy day - so rainy that they had no meeting in the evening. I could not go out at all. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 48.)

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January 1879


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