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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 8 October – 31October 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 13, 2012

(Previous installment)

Monday, October 8, 1900

The weather had turned off considerably cooler and left me with a light cold. Bro. S. went to Tyler with cotton. Elder H. and myself went into the cotton field and picked cotton until noon. I picked 66 and he 86, but when we got to the house he took a chill which lasted nearly all afternoon. We stayed there again overnight.

Tuesday, October 9, 1900

Breakfast was ready and they had to call us to wake us up. We were very sorry to learn that Rylie Shaddox had shot a man. He had only belonged to the church for two weeks. It seems as though he did it in self defense, as the man came at him with an open knife and he had to do it. We bid the folks goodby and came to Taylor’s. Ate dinner, after which we went down to the cotton field and teased the girls until nearly night. Bro. Taylor got back from Athens after dark.

Wednesday, October 10, 1900

We got an early start from Bro. Taylor’s going towards Athens. Elder H. was awful weak so we did not go very fast. We reached there about 11 a.m. and found one letter from Pa. I was glad to hear that the folks were all well. After dinner I shaved Bro. K. and Elder H. as they were going to the Dallas fair. They got ready and started, leaving Elder Anderson and I at home with the children. We did not sit up long as I was tired.

Thursday, October 11, 1900

I did not sleep very good during the night. After breakfast I went over to Bro. Armond’s where I wrote a couple of letters and caught up with my journal. I stayed there until 2 p.m. when the mail came in but I was disappointed. I came back to Bro. K’s, then went out where the children were picking cotton, but they were going to quit for the day so I did not pick any. I weighed 175 pounds; had gained 5 pounds since I left Gum Springs. We went to bed quite early.

Friday, October 12, 1900

We got an early start from Bro. Taylor’s going towards Athens. Elder H. was awful weak so we did not go very fast. We reached there about 11 a.m. and found one letter from Pa. I was glad to hear that the folks were all well. After dinner I shaved Bro. K. and Elder H. as they were going to the Dallas fair. They got ready and started, leaving Elder Anderson and I at home with the children. We did not sit up long as I was tired.

Thursday, October 11, 1900

I did not sleep very good during the night. After breakfast I went over to Bro. Armond’s where I wrote a couple of letters and caught up with my journal. I stayed there until 2 p.m. when the mail came in but I was disappointed. I came back to Bro. K’s, then went out where the children were picking cotton, but they were going to quit for the day so I did not pick any. I weighed 175 pounds; had gained 5 pounds since I left Gum Springs. We went to bed quite early.

Friday, October 12, 1900

The folks came home from the fair at 3 o’clock in the morning, so when we all got up we were interested in listening to the sport they had. It made me feel like I wished I was there. I went out with Bro. K. and helped him load up a bail of cotton for the bin. Edna Knight presented me with a pretty pair of cuff buttons that she had brought from the fair. I then went and packed up my grip and got ready to start for the west. Bidding them goodbye, we came to Athens.

Saturday, October 13, 1900

During the night Elder Higgins came back from Dallas and we all stayed with Bro. Luke Knight. After breakfast we walked up town and waited for the mail but I was disappointed again. After eating a good dinner we left for Turkey Creek where we reached a little before sunset. While on our road two men came along and gave us a ride for a long ways, and I had a long talk upon the gospel with them. After dark a while Bro. Frazer’s boys came home drunk. It was late before we got to bed.

Sunday, October 14, 1900

I rested very good through the night; was feeling very well. The folks all went off [to] a big meeting that was going on, so we stayed at home, not wishing to go. About 10 a.m. a chill and fever came back on me which lasted until after dark, causing me to feel awful miserable. The folks came back about night, and we had supper, after which we spent the evening talking upon the gospel and home, and the origin of the American Indian. Retired at 9 p.m.

Monday, October 15, 1900

I was feeling awful bad so we concluded not to continue our journey for the west at the present but to return up to the Saints until I recovered from the chills. Bro. Frazer was awful poor so we did not want to impose upon him. We came up to Athens and there I received a letter from Pa with some quinine in; was glad to hear from home. We then went out to Bro. Luke Knight’s where we stayed overnight by their request. I had another chill and fever in the afternoon which lasted until 10 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 1900

During the night Bro. J. Knight’s folks came up going to the show early the next day. They were quite surprised to see us back there. I did not stop but came on with them to Bro. Scroggins’ to have him doctor me. I had a hard chill on the way; arrived at his place feeling awful bad about sunset. Did not sit up long.

Wednesday, October 17, 1900

Bro. Scroggins fixed me up some calomel to take during the night and when I arose I felt the effects of it. It worked me all day causing me to feel quite bad and awful weak. I missed my chill. Retired to bed quite early.

Thursday, October 18,l 1900

I slept very good through the night; did not eat much as my appetite was very poor. I had taken so much quinine that my head roared like everything. Bro. Scroggins did not get back from Tyler. Went to bed early.

Friday, October 19, 1900

I rested fine during the night. Bro. Scroggins got home early and he had some medicine for me. I had begun to feel better, for which I was very thankful. I watched him make a coffin in the afternoon for a nigger. Also picked some grapes for Sister Scroggins.

Saturday, October 20, 1900

Elder Higgins came up to Liberty Hill to hold meeting with the Saints on Sunday. We spent the day together. I did the milking and helped about the house as much as I could and also helped in the field some. We both had a nice bath before we retired to rest.

Sunday, October 21, 1900

When we arose we found it had been raining part of the night and was still coming. At 10 a.m. it ceased. We did not go to the church house as we did not think there would be anybody there on account of the rain. At 3 p.m. we were notified that the people had come out and were desirous of hearing us preach. A good many of them came out in the forenoon and were disappointed. We held a good meeting and enjoyed a good portion of the spirit.

Monday, October 22, 1900

I was still taking tonic and had begun to feel considerable better. In the afternoon I helped haul corn. Retired quite early.

Tuesday, October 23, 1900

The weather was quite cool. We talked with the folks for a while, then bid them goodby and thanked them for what they had done for us. We then went over to Bro. Henry Henston’s where we ate dinner, from there to Bro. Taylor’s where we reached at nearly night. Stayed with him. The bugs bothered a little.

Wednesday, October 24, 1900

We got up before daylight and started for Bro. Knight’s. We rode two miles with Bro. T. as he was going to the cotton gin. After we left him we walked on, reaching Bro. Knight’s at 10 a.m. After dinner I went out and picked 40 pounds of cotton; went over to Cantrells’ and stayed all night. They were all sick.

Thursday, October 25, 1900

Elder Higgins and myself came over to Knights’ and found Elder Anderson with a chill. It made me feel bad as we were intending to start to Johnson County to work. We considered it among ourselves and thought it best for Elder Higgins and myself to go and leave Elder A. at the office. We came to Athens, met Bro. Taylor, and he took us to the hotel for supper. We then left him and went to Luke Knight’s and retired.

Friday, October 26, 1900

We arose at 2:30 a.m. as the train was to leave at 3:30. But when we got to the depot we waited there until after 7 o’clock. We got off at Corsicana and went out to Bro. Bodine’s and washed our clothes in the afternoon.

Saturday, October 27, 1900

After having a good night’s rest we continued our journey, although our clothes were not dry. We hadn’t gone very far until we got a ride to Barry. There we bought 5c of crackers and candy for dinner. Stopped out on the road and dried our clothes and ate dinner. We then went on to Blooming Grove from there and through the country toward Italy, about 6 miles. Night had come on as we began to seek for entertainment. Were refused once. The man we stayed with was awful prejudiced but we were treated well.

Sunday, October 28, 1900

I rested very good during the night. The lady fixed us a fine breakfast, after which we pursued our journey, walking 10 miles to Italy. We went to Bro. Regious’, the old Mormon, and to our surprise we met Elders Ashby and Heward there, staying over Sunday. We spent the remainder of the day together, talking and singing songs of joy. We all stayed overnight at that place.

Monday, October 29, 1900

The weather was looking quite bad. Before starting out we all had a shave and pursued our travels, going up above Italy on the railroad where we talked for a while, then separating. Elder Higgins and myself started west across the country to Johnson County. We arrived at Bro. Clement’s, an old friend of the elders. Were intending to stop for the night but his wife did not talk very favorable. Her husband came in, and in a short time we were welcomed to stay, for which we were very thankful to our Heavenly Father. They were poor folks but we received good treatment and the best they had to eat.

Tuesday, October 30, 1900

The weather was still looking bad. We got an early start. Were directed across the fields to a nearer way than to go on the road. I was turned around a time or two and would of gone the wrong way had it not been for my companion. We reached Grandview at 3 p.m., just in time to miss a heavy rain that passed over the town. We received a card from Pres. Hunsaker stating that two elders would meet us here and for me to separate. I left my watch at a shop to have it fixed; went out of town to get entertainment.

Wednesday, October 31, 1900

The rain came down nearly all night. After breakfast we went down the railroad to a bridge where we stayed for a while, but it was so cold we began our work. It happened that we got into a place where we stayed until after dinner. The roads were too muddy for us to travel. At 2 p.m. we went into town and met Elders Barber and Craner. We then separated, Elder Barber and myself going east and the other two going west. We were refused several times when we began asking for entertainment. We finally got into Bro. Kedy’s. They fixed us a nice supper and for the first time I sat down to a table that whirled around. Instead of asking for anything all we had to do was to turn the wheel.

(To be continued)



5 Comments »

  1. Typos? Check October 10 – October 12.

    Comment by Julie — May 13, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  2. I have only a typescript to work with, Julie, not the original. I don’t know whether the first typist repeated a line, or whether when Elder Jones caught up his diary he jumbled his notes.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 13, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  3. Now I understand how he could be so sick one day and still keep up his journal entries. He catches up. He still inspires me to write at least a little each night even when I’m tired.

    Comment by Carol — May 13, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

  4. The whirling table. Fantastic.

    Comment by WVS — May 13, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  5. after which we went down to the cotton field and teased the girls until nearly night.

    Maybe his contemporary readers know what he’s talking about, but I have no idea.

    Also, I thought it interesting that there is no regularly scheduled church service times, and that any investigators that came on Sunday the 21st got stood up. many Sundays, there’s no preaching at all, which I would have considered unusual but appears common.

    Comment by The Other Clark — May 14, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

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