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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 17 April – 4 May 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 11, 2012

(Previous installment)

Tuesday, April 17, 1900

The weather was nice and cool after the rain. After Bro. Wixom had gone to work, we walked back to Scoggins’, as he said that he didn’t have anything to do or anything we could do. So we thought we would go and write a letter a piece, but my mind was wandering so that I couldn’t write or do anything else. We also went down to the branch and had a good wash all over. Coming back to the house we got our song books and sang until supper was ready. After supper we continued singing until bedtime when the folks came in our room and we held prayers with them, and retired to rest having a good sleep.

Wednesday, April 18, 1900

It was after sunup when we got up. I had a good rest. At 10 o’clock we started for Fin Cortha to see if we could hear from the President. We got as far as Bro. Wixom when he stopped us, put a nigger on a mule and sent him for us. We then went to the house and ate dinner. At 2 p.m. He got back but did not have any mail so we were out again. We then came back to Scroggins’, got some hooks and went a-fishing. I caught one little fish. They would not bite very good. We soon got tired and left for the house. Sister Scroggins had been washing all day and she had taken down with a chill. I did not feel very good so went to bed early.

Thursday, April 19, 1900

We were still worrying about our Pres. After breakfast we sat there in the room to ourselves talking to each other for some time. But finally thought I would go out into the woods and fix my pants as they had two large holes in. It took me quite a while to get them fixed the way they had ought to be. I got through all right doing a very good job. I then went into the house again where I stayed till I was quite tired. I thought I would take a stroll down in the field to pass the dull hours away. While I was gone Pres. Hunsaker came. When I returned I found him and was glad to see him once more. He had the chills, was what was the matter.

Friday, April 20, 1900

Elder Ashby and I stayed with Bro. Wixom. He went to work quite early. I went out into the woods and had my prayers. I then stood up as if I was preaching to a large crowd upon the subject of the kingdom of God. I spoke for half an hour. If I could only do that good when I was before them I would be all right. About 10 o’clock Elder Hunsaker came over. The sister killed a chicken and we had a fine dinner. We all walked back to Bro. Scroggins’ where we played on the organ and sang songs, then bidding the folks goodby we went to Bro. Taylor’s where we held meeting. Pres. Hunsaker took up all the time. We had a good time. His girls also played and sang for us.

Saturday, April 21, 1900

After breakfast we started for Pilgrim’s Rest, a distance of 10 miles. We hadn’t gone far when it began to rain on us. We all got under the umbrella together and did not get very wet. We went into a schoolhouse where we held prayers, then going on to Bro. Jackson Knight’s, found them all well. Pres. Hunsaker and I ate dinner there after which I did some tailor work on my pants. Elder Ashby then came with some mail. At night we all went to a prayer meeting and of all the praying I ever heard, it was there. One man got down and was so near carried away that he could hardly get up.

Sunday, April 22, 1900 (Gum Springs, Henderson County)

We did not wake up until breakfast was ready. They called us, but we told them we were going to fast. We had not been up long when it began to rain. We had meetings appointed for the day but the rain prevented us. Pres. Hunsaker and Elder Ashby went down to Bro. Smith’s and I stayed alone to Bro. Kentrall’s.

Monday, April 23, 1900

After the elders came back we stayed and had dinner with the folks, after which we went to Bro. Knight’s where we wrote a letter or two, then Elder Ashby and I went over to Bro. Armond’s to catch the mail boy before he went along. We stayed with him overnight and had a good rest. Got up early.

Tuesday, April 24, 1900 (Pilgrim’s Rest)

I got up at daylight as Bro. Armond was a very early riser. As soon as he had breakfast he went to work and we stayed around until 9 o’clock waiting for the mail boy. We then came over to Knight’s where we went out into the field and helped transplant corn until noon. It began to rain about 2 p.m. and was raining when I went to sleep about half past nine.

Wednesday, April 25, 1900

I arose after having a good night’s rest. At 9 o’clock I walked over to Bro. Armond’s to meet the mail boy and get the mail. There was none so I went into Athens and there I found plenty for the other elders but none for myself. I was worried about it for I knew there had ought to of been some. I stayed with Bro. Smith over night.

Thursday, April 26, 1900

When we went to bed it was as cloudy as could be, but during the night it cleared off, and when we got up it was awful warm. After breakfast we went back to Bro. Knight’s, had a shave, and a wash all over and got ready to go to Liberty Hill and hold meeting with the Saints. Elder Hunsaker and I left about 10 a.m., going over to Bro. Armond’s where we ate dinner, then we started on our way, stopped once or twice and rested. Arrived at Bro. Taylor’s about sundown, found the folks all well. We had a good time with them, talking upon the gospel and singing; retired to rest and had a good night’s sleep.

Friday, April 27, 1900 (Liberty Hill, Henderson Co.)

We had a good night’s rest, arose quite early. It was nice and clear when we got up, but did not last long that way. At 7 a.m. we, in connection with Bro. and Sister Taylor and Mr. Vanderrive went over to Bro Scroggins’ where we were going to have a fish fry, but on arriving there we found that on account of so much high water he was unable to catch but three, but I’ll tell you, they were all right. He told us to come back some other time when the creek was low and we would have a good time. They were all good people. At 2 p.m. It began raining, kept up all day and part of the night.

Saturday, April 28, 1900

It was quite late when we went to bed but we both took a pill. We rested very good through the night, but on account of the pills we had to get up a little earlier than we otherwise would of done. We did not do anything but read during the day. After Bro. Scroggins had got his mail, in looking over the Truth Reflects, we found that Pres. Wm. Jack had been released to return home to his loved ones. We were all sorry to lose him as he was such a loving and kind man. Elder James G. Duffin had been chosen in his stead. At about night we walked over to a man’s place where his wife was sick. We sang a song and held prayers, then returning to Bro. Scroggins’, where we stayed overnight.

Sunday, April 29, 1900

We rested fine; was quite late when we got up. It being Sunday, we fasted. We went out into the woods and held prayers together, after which we read for a while. Then we got Miss Laura Scroggins to play the organ and we sang a number of songs until meeting time. At a while before 11, we walked to the schoolhouse. Pres. Hunsaker presided and preached an hour on the First Principles. I talked a while. We had dinner with Bro. Wixom. At 3 p.m. we held forth. I presided and preached for some time, then Pres. Hunsaker talked to them. Again we had a good crowd both times and enjoyed the spirit of the Lord very much. Went home with Bro. Henry Thurston.

Monday, April 30, 1900

Bro. Thurston got us up quite early; had a good night’s rest. After talking with him for a while, we left for Pilgrim’s Rest, going by the way of Bro. Taylor’s. We got to his place at 9 o’clock and stayed there until after dinner talking with them, having a good time. We bid them goodby, starting on our way. We stopped and rested once and got to Bro. Knight’s at a little after 5. I thought sure that I would get some mail but there was none for me. Bro. Knight had gone after Edna. Pres. Hunsaker & Elder Ashby went to Bro. Kentrall’s and left me here alone. I wrote up my journal and a letter home and patched my pants. Went to bed at something after 10 o’clock.

Tuesday, May 1, 1900 (Pilgrim’s Rest, Henderson Co.)

I slept fine during the night and when I awoke they had breakfast ready. After eating I went out and cut up some wood for Sister Knight, then I came in and finished my letter to my folks. At 9 a.m. I went over to the post office and there I found some mail from home. I was glad to get it for I had not heard from home for a month. I also received some pictures of the folks. I stayed with Sister Knight until nearly night, did not eat any dinner. After we got through writing, I took the mail over to Bro. Armond’s and caught the mail boy; stayed with him overnight and had a good night’s rest. Arose early.

Wednesday, May 2, 1900

Bro. Armond got me up quite early in the morning. I stayed around his place until 8 o’clock when the mail boy came along, but there was none for me. I then went over to Knight’s, had a shave, and got ready to start for the west. We ate dinner with Bro. Kentrall, after which we started. Pres. Hunsaker walked down the road a ways with us. Elder Ashby didn’t know the road as well as he thought so we had to go into Athens. We walked three miles further than we would of done if we hadn’t missed the road. Found the folks well. We had a good night’s rest. Quite late when we went to bed.

Thursday, May 3, 1900 (Turkey Creek, Henderson Co.)

It rained some during the night but when we got up it was clear. The roads were awful muddy for about two miles until we got on the railroad track. We stopped into Bro. & Sister Goodgames’ for a moment or two, had a short talk with them. They had apostatized. We told them that we were sorry to hear of the step they had taken in turning back. They said that they hadn’t turned back but were going on in the Baptist church. After getting on the railroad we walked down through Malacalf and Trinidad to Kerens where we left it, going off two miles to one of Elder Ashby’s old friends where we stayed overnight. Had a good rest and were treated fine. Were invited back at any time.

Friday, May 4, 1900 (Kerens, Navarra County)

The weather was nice and cool. Bro. Lowe got up and went to work early. We got a good early start. He showed us a road that was nearer but was not much traveled on. We did not think it would be very muddy. But when we got out a ways we found it awful bad. We wallowed through it till we got to the railroad about three miles. We sat down and took a rest, then going on through Powell to Corsicana, a pretty good-sized place. We were turned around when we got in there, so we started out of town north instead of northwest. Had quite a time finding Bro. Bodine, but we inquired every little while and found him, after which he was glad to see us. Had a good time.

(To be continued)



  1. Somebody has to say it: The image of Elder Jones standing up in the woods and preaching to the trees, and wishing he could do as well before a room full of people, is plum wonderful!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — March 12, 2012 @ 2:03 am

  2. I agree.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — March 12, 2012 @ 8:03 am

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