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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 1 November – 18 November 1900

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 20, 2012

(Previous installment)

Thursday, November 1, 1900

The weather was quite cold so we did not get out to our work very soon. At 9 a.m. we began our labor visiting from house to house and conversing upon the gospel whenever we had the opportunity. At noon we came to E.A. Shelton’s where we had a long talk and an invitation to call again. He also gave us a fine dinner. We then went to get permission to hold meeting in the schoolhouse. It was getting late so we asked for a place to tarry. Were taken in at Bro. J.P. Berden’s where we were treated with the best of respect. We sang them a few songs and talked upon the gospel until a late hour. Held prayers and retired in a good bed.

Friday, November 2, 1900

The weather was still quite cold. After talking for a while we thanked the folks for their kindness and pursued our labors. First we went to the other trustee to get permission to hold service in the schoolhouse. But their craft was in danger and they would not let us have it for fear we would get them to believe our way. We went on canvassing; came to Mr. Smith and introduced ourselves as follows: “Barber is my name.” Just then a young lady stuck her head out of the window and said, “Barber had better go on home.” They were ready to eat dinner, but not wishing to give a Mormon any, they put it off. We kept them waiting nearly 3 hours. We then went on; stayed with V.T. Harris. Had a long talk.

Saturday, November 3, 1900

The weather was nice and cool. Slept very good. I had an awful cold that made me feel quite miserable. We both had a shave and then commenced our labors, stopping on an old bridge for an hour or so. We then went into another community. Came to Bro. Hills about noon, had a long talk and sold him a D.R. and also had our dinner. We came back to the old bridge where we stayed until 4:00 p.m. We then started to seek for entertainment but it was a way after dark before we got in. Were refused several times. Finally got into a big white house owned by W.H. Ball; had a nice supper. I gave him a talk on the gospel and held prayers, and retired to rest at 9 p.m. Had a good bed.

Sunday, November 4, 1900

I slept fine during the night, arose and partook of a fine breakfast. After talking to the folks for a while, we thanked them and came down to the schoolhouse, where we had decided to stay and spend the Sabbath, not wishing to work. I wrote a letter to my brother’s son and we spent the rest of the day in talking and reading to each other. At 5 p.m. we left the schoolhouse and went and got permission of one of the trustees. Then we started to one of our friends to spend the night. When he saw us coming, he turned and walked off, giving us to understand that we couldn’t stay. So we then began to make a friend’s house. Was after dark before we found the place. We were received by J.W. Smith who treated us fine; had a nice supper and a good bed.

Monday, November 5, 1900

We left Bro. Smith’s quite early in order to catch Mr. Parker at home, one of the trustees. But we were too late; he had gone to the gin. We went to the schoolhouse where we waited until nearly noon, when we returned to his place and got permission to hold meeting in the schoolhouse. We announced our meeting and were through canvassing the community by 2 p.m. We returned to the schoolhouse where we ate pecans for our dinner and waited until 7 p.m. But no one came. We started out to seek entertainment; were refused 4 times, but we found the right place after a while. It was nearly 9 o’clock but the good lady fixed us a nice supper and a good bed; stayed with G.T. McFerrin.

Tuesday, November 6, 1900

The weather was nice and cool. I had a good night’s rest. We did not get to talk with the folks much upon the gospel, so I gave them a Durant book. We went into town and I received a letter from home. I was glad to hear that all were well. While in the post office there was a preacher eying us closely but did not get to talk with him. We had a fine dinner with Bro. Dupree, after which we went out into the woods and studied for 2 hours, then continued our labor; sold 3 books, and stayed all night with Bro. W.W. Kiker. We had a long talk; retired at 10 o’clock.

Wednesday, November 7, 1900

Weather cool. Had a good night’s rest; talked to the folks until 8 a.m., then commenced our labors, canvassing among the people. Came to Bro. McDaniel’s at noon; he gave us our dinner (turkey). We then went on out to the creek where we had a fine bath, although it was a little cold. We stopped in the woods and studied for 2 hours. It was nearly night so we began to find a place to stay; were refused several times, all claiming that their wife was sick or they didn’t have room. We finally got into W.E. Beasley’s. I gave him a long talk on the gospel.

Thursday, November 8, 1900

I had a good night’s rest and a fine breakfast. Bro. Beasley got out to his work early so it made it early for us to get to our labors. We canvassed a few houses when we sat down on the sunny side of a hill and wrote a letter, then going to Mr. Single, a sanctified family. They claimed to live without sin. They gave us a fine dinner. After my companion had asked the blessing each one of them in turn said a verse out of the Bible and at last the man said “amen.” At 1 p.m. we continued our labor; sat down and studied once. At night while seeking entertainment we were refused 4 times but a while after dark we got into Mr. W.S. York, who treated us with the best of care.

Friday, November 9, 1900

The weather was still cool. Bro. York got us up at 4 a.m. We sat around the fire and nearly froze until 8, when we began our labor. Stopped at a gin for an hour to warm us. It was awful chilly. We canvassed until noon when we came to a primitive Baptist preacher. We had at it with him for an hour or so. He talked so fast for a while that we couldn’t get a word in edgeways. We let him go on with his song and finally closed in on him. But he wouldn’t look at the truth. He gave us a fine dinner. Then we continued; came to a doctor’s house and we put the Bible to them so straight that the old lady got wrathful and wanted us to stop and go. We stayed with F.N. Harbinson. He was well fixed; good supper and bed.

Saturday, November 10, 1900

It was awful cloudy and cold when we got up; looked very much like it would rain all day. At 9 a.m. we pursued our labors, after eating some nice apples that the Bro. Brought in. I shivered along for some while; was very anxious for someone to ask us in where we could get warm. We came to Mr. Echel’s where we had dinner and a nice talk, after which we continued our walk, stopping once or twice under a pecan tree to eat nuts. At 4 p.m. we came to Bro. T.B. Coker’s. Elder Barber was nearly sick, he was aching so and was afraid the chills were coming back on him. I talked with the man until nearly night upon the gospel. Although he had but one little room and a large family of children he granted us the privilege of staying over night. We had a good talk.

Sunday, November 11, 1900

The weather was still cloudy and cold. I rested good during the night. Bro. Coker was crowded awful bad so we did not wish to impose on him by staying over Sunday. At 9 a.m. we thanked him very much and started out. Bro. Thorne started with us. We had gone but a little ways when I told him that we never traveled on Sunday when we could help it. He then invited us home with him to spend the day. Had a nice dinner of chicken, Irish potatoes and sweet potatoes, and a long talk upon the gospel until 10 p.m. when we held prayers and retired to bed.

Monday, November 12, 1900

I could not get warm for a long time after I got in bed; got up quite early. After breakfast we got permission to wash our clothes, but the lady would not let us do it so we went with Bro. Thorne and picked cotton while she did the work. After eating a good dinner and packing our grips we went to Grandview after our mail. Received some letters from home; all were well. Also went and had our pictures taken. It was nearly night so we began to seek for entertainment; got into Bro. Waggoner’s; had a good supper and bed. I had an awful bad cold.

Tuesday, November 13, 1900

After having a good night’s rest and a talk with the folks, we commenced our labor at 8 a.m. We did not go far until we sat down on the sunny side of a bank and read the Deseret News that we had just got out of the post office the day before. We left there at 11 a.m., sold 3 books, and ate dinner with Mr. Wilson. Stopped at one place where they were very prejudiced and would not talk very much. Stayed all night with A.G. Jones. After he found out that we were Mormons he didn’t know whether to let us stay or not. I gave him a talk on our teachings and people and we retired to bed early.

Wednesday, November 14, 1900

When we went to leave I offered Bro. Jones one of our pamphlets but he refused to take it by saying he was a Methodist and did not want to mix our religions up. He was very prejudiced. We visited families until noon; took dinner with Mr. Daniels. We were feeling a little tired, so we stopped into a school house where we stayed until nearly night. We were rejected by one big lady who said she didn’t want any of our doctrine there. We were refused twice for entertainment; stayed with Bro. Nelson, a wealthy man. Had a nice talk on the gospel. Retired to bed early but could not sleep for a long time.

Thursday, November 15, 1900

Did not sleep very good. Got up early; nice and clear. By 8 a.m. it was so foggy that we couldn’t see but a short distance. Visited a good many houses; came to a Baptist preacher by the name of Longfellow. He had the same old song as the rest of them. All he had to do was to believe on the Lord Jesus and he would be saved. He would not listen to us. I saw the largest woman I ever saw, about the same all the way down. Had no dinner, only pecans. Were refused twice for entertainment. Stayed with Mr. Holloway. I gave him a talk on the gospel. Beef for supper. Retired to bed at 8:25 p.m.

Friday, November 16, 1900

It was late when we got up; I did not sleep very good it was so warm. After breakfast we went out and got all the pecans we wanted and then began our work. Went to the trustees and got permission to hold meeting in the school house. Had dinner with Bro. Walker after which we continued our labor. After leaving one house the lady came out and asked us if we had had dinner. We thanked her very much for offering to give us some; was very kind. Stopped in the woods for two hours. Went out in the field canvassing, sold one book. Stayed with Bro. Killgoer. I gave him a long talk on the gospel; had a good bed; retired at half past 8.

Saturday, November 17, 1900

After breakfast we sat and waited for daylight to come. Had a shave and then thanked the folks and commenced our work. Visited 3 families; came to the school house where we remained until 3 p.m. when we finished canvassing the community. Returned again to the school house where we were intending to preach at night. We were permitted to go without dinner and supper; had a few nuts that we ate. The people assembled at 7 p.m. when we commenced. I presided. Elder Barber spoke first after which I followed on the first principles. Went home with Bro. Wood.

Sunday, November 18, 1900

It was awful cloudy when we got up. I was feeling quite gaunt, but breakfast was soon ready – chicken and beef. Ate hearty. At 9 a.m. we walked over to the school house to attend Sunday School. While there we were informed by the trustees that there was some confusion about us preaching. He was awful prejudiced. He said he thought best for us not to preach any more. In their Sunday School some of them were contrary to the Bible. The old teacher couldn’t handle his subject because we were there. Went home to dinner with Bro. Wood – chicken and beef and pie. At night we were invited home with Bro. Kinnerman. Had a good night’s rest.

(To be continued)



  1. On Nov 02, was the companion’s name Barber?

    I don’t recognize the Nov 03, “sold him a D.R.” Could that be the “Durant” (Mr. Durant of Salt Lake City, “that Mormon”)? I haven’t tabulated sales, but it seems that the most commonly sold books where the Durant, A Voice of Warning, and the Book of Mormon.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — May 20, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  2. The Durant book:

    Comment by Edje Jeter — May 20, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  3. Yes — at the end of the last installment (October 31), Jones changes companions and heads off with an Elder Barber.

    And I’m puzzled by “D.R.” too — I don’t think it’s Durant, since he refers to that one as “Durant” later in this installment, but I can’t think of what pamphlet then in use would fit “D.R.” Still thinking. (Durant played a role in my own family’s history, so I’m kinda fond of that one.)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 20, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  4. This makes me really miss pecan season in Texas!

    Comment by Julie — May 20, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  5. When my mother was stationed in Texas during World War II, she mailed a burlap bag filled with pecans to her mother in Salt Lake. They were all still talking about it 20 years later, so I take it Texas pecans are truly wonderful!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 20, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  6. Pecans may be nice, but when that’s all you get for supper 5 nights a week, I suppose even they get can get old.

    Comment by The Other Clark — May 21, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

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