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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 1 December – 19 December 1899

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 15, 2012

(Previous installment)

Friday, December 1, 1899

Leaving Bro. Brogh’s we walked up to Bro. Brock’s where we were invited to have dinner, after which we walked up to the school house where we stayed until 7 o’clock when the people began to gather in. We had a nice little crowd out and had a very nice meeting. After meeting we were invited to go home with Bro. Brock.

Saturday, December 2, 1899

We started out early in the morning to go to Geneva to get our mail, a distance of 9 miles. We got there at 10 o’clock. I was disappointed in not getting any mail but I soon drove that out of my mind and started back, walking 9 miles to Bro. Reeve’s where we stayed over night.

Sunday, December 3, 1899

It being Sunday morning and not wishing to travel much, we walked around through the settlement promoting a meeting we were going to hold at 3 o’clock. We had a nice time. After meeting we were invited home with Bro. Berritt, where we stayed over night, answering a few questions which he asked.

Monday, December 4, 1899

We were given the permission to stay with Bro. Berritt and wash our clothes, which we did, receiving very good treatment from him, and were invited back whenever we come through the country.

Tuesday, December 5, 1899

We walked down to Bro. Wright’s, a friend who asked us to come and stay with him one night before we left the country. We sang a few songs in the evening and explained the gospel unto him. He seemed to be quite interested in the remarks. At about 9 o’clock we retired to bed.

Wednesday, December 6, 1899

We left Bro. Wright, going into Geneva after our mail, staying there about 2 hours. We started back for Pendleton, stopping with Bro. Olford, a merchant, receiving very good treatment and having a good night’s rest.

Thursday, December 7, 1899

Leaving Bro. Olford we walked around conversing with the people wherever the opportunity afforded itself. At about 4 o’clock we walked into Bro. Low’s place where we stayed over night, conversing until 11 o’clock upon the scriptures.

Friday, December 8, 1899

The weather very cloudy when we first got up. After leaving Bro. Low’s place it began to rain. At about 123 o’clock we went to Bro. Howard’s where we ate dinner and, after it had stopped raining a little, we walked on. Was refused twice but about dark we got in to Bro. Davidson’s place where we received very good treatment.

Saturday, December 9, 1899

Leaving Bro. Davidson’s, we walked up to a place to ask the road and to leave them a tract. The woman was very bitter. She showed us the road, said she didn’t believe in plurality of wives and turned her back on us. We walked on, got to the school house and preached to the people at night. After meeting we went home with Bro. Speights.

Sunday, December 10, 1899

Waking up in the morning we found it raining, keeping it up all day, preventing us from preaching to the people at 4 o’clock. We stayed with Bro. Speights all day Sunday and night.

Monday, December 11, 1899

We left Bro. Speights’, going to Milam trying to get a house to preach. Were refused. We were invited home with Bro. Orland where we received good treatment and had a good night’s rest.

Tuesday, December 12, 1899

Leaving Bro. Orland about 9 o’clock, we walked over to Bro. Russell’s, where we took dinner, after which we walked into Milam to get our mail. Finding none there, we started out toward Geneva and as night was coming on, we began to seek entertainment. Were refused five times, all of them saying that they did not have room enough for us. All that was the matter was their hearts were not large enough. We finally got in to Bro. Browning’s place about 7 o’clock, where we received good treatment and were invited back again.

Wednesday, December 13, 1899

Walking up to the school house with Bro. Browning, we got permission of one of the trustees to preach there that night. Then we began to advertise the meeting around through the community, taking dinner with A.B. Russell. After dinner we walked back to the school house, where we stayed until dark, when a man rode up and forbade us preaching and told us to get out of the country as quick as we could or we would be hung up to a tree. He began to curse us and called us all manner of names. We walked down to Bro. Browning’s where we thought we could get to stay all night. He refused to take us in. We then walked up the road a ways then turning into a field, we got into an old house where we spent the night. It being very cold, we laid there shaking most of the night — D. Dean and W.L. Jones.

Thursday, December 14, 1899

Getting up in the morning still a-shaking we began to sneak around to get away from the house and down into the road without anybody seeing us. We were successful in doing so, going into Milam, inquiring for our mail. We then walked out to Bro. Fronald’s where we spent the day listening to him tell stories, keeping the crowd laughing most of the time.

Friday, December 15, 1899

The weather being very cold and wet, we stayed with Bro. Fronald all day, helping him to saw up some wood and carry it to the house, receiving very good treatment and having a good time.

Saturday, December 16, 1899

Leaving Bro. Fronald, we went into Milam and got our mail, then walking to Hemphill, we got the courthouse to preach in. We announced the meeting around and went there at night to light up, finding the door locked and could not find anybody that had the key in charge, so we went out into the street and held meeting. After we were through no one invited us home so we walked out three miles and a half to Bro. Speights’, a friend who invited us to come and stay with him whenever we felt like it.

Sunday, December 17, 1899

We stayed with Bro. Speights all day, conversing with him upon the scriptures and having a good time. At night his wife began to get very uneasy about the things that were going around about us. She was afraid that someone would come there and take us and kill us. She said she hated to turn us away and she hated to have us stay, but we told her we would not stay there if she was afraid. So we ate supper with them and, going in the front room, we sang three or four hymns for them and, bidding them goodbye, we left, Sister Speights a-crying. We walked up with Bro. Huffman where we had a good time singing songs and talking, going to bed about 10 o’clock.

Monday, December 18, 1899

Bro. Huffman and family being desirous of hearing us preach, told us we could have their house to preach in, so we stopped with them all day. He invited his friends to come over, and we held meeting with them, having a good time, feeling the spirit of the Lord with us. We stayed with them over night again. Also all day Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 19, 1899

It was still raining when we got up so we sat around all day with the family. Elder Dean and Bro. Huffman went into town and got our mail. Wednesday and Thursday we stopped over with the same family because the rain had not stopped.

(To be continued)



  1. That’s quite a curious little corner of Texas, now right on the edge of Sabine National Forest.

    Comment by Researcher — January 15, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

  2. Earlier you said that he called everyone who treated them with kindness “Brother”. It is really obvious in this section. I’ve not read a whole lot of missionary journals, but I don’t think I have seen that being a typical pattern.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — January 16, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  3. Me, either, Bruce — I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before, or have any idea where he got that.

    There is an exception to his habit, though. I didn’t notice this pattern at first so might have missed some point, he I notice that he doesn’t call the black families who are kind to them (and there are many) “Brother” and “Sister.” He doesn’t even record their names the way he does every other family who shelters them overnight. Help me watch for that as these appear, and say something if you notice an exception to that, would you?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 17, 2012 @ 8:20 am

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