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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 26 March – 7 April 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 05, 2012

(Previous installment)

Tuesday, March 26, 1901

I rested find during the night. It was quite late when we arose. After eating a fine breakfast (sausage) we got into a conversation on the gospel and had at it for a while. I then put a pair of half soles on my shoes. At 9:30 we thanked the brother and started out to see the other two trustees about the church house. We were successful in getting it. At noon we were invited to take dinner with Brother W.T. Paston. Gave him a tract and had a nice conversation with him. We then started out to norate our meeting for night. Visited all of the families in the community and at sunset we returned to the old rock church. It had been standing 43 years, the second rock church I had seen in Texas. We waited until 9 o’clock but there wasn’t but one man and his sister and a boy that came out, so we did not preach. The man asked us home with him. Had a nice bed but no supper.

Wednesday, March 27, 1901

We arose quite early. The weather was beautiful. Soon after breakfast, the brother went to work so we did not tarry long but were on our way in a short time. Came to the old rock church where we stopped until 11 a.m. Had a shave and wrote a letter. We then started to Bro. Klaus’s, a German, to wash and dye our clothes. We had not stopped there but it seemed like we were to go there because it was continually on my mind that it would be a good place. We gave heed to the promptings. Arriving at the place, the old gentleman met us at the gate and gave us a hearty welcome. The kind sister prepared a nice dinner. After talking for a while I made known our wants and the answer was “you are perfectly welcome.” It took us nearly all afternoon. The sister helped us some. At night my coat and vest shone up with a fine black color. Had a nice supper. Talked until 8 p.m., when we held prayers. I was mouth. After I had got through the old man prayed and after he was through the old lady took her turn. That was the custom, that each one of their family have a turn. We then retired to our room. I sewed my pants before retiring.

Thursday, March 28, 1901

The weather nice and pleasant. It was quite late when we arose. About 9 a.m. we started out on our labor, visiting the families. Came to the little town of Moshem. Got permission to preach in the Methodist Church. We at once began norating among the people. At 12 p.m. we came to Bro. Black’s, a Baptist preacher. He asked us in and we had a good friendly talk. He also gave us our dinner. Continuing, we finished canvassing in the place and retired to the woods where we studied until nearly night, when we held prayers and returned to the church and waited there until 8:30 p.m. There were about 20 persons came out so we began and held a short service. Elder Rogers spoke for a short time and then I spoke for some time upon the first principles. I did not enjoy myself. It seemed like my mind was a blank. After meeting the people rushed out and left us at the house. After asking our Father in Heaven to direct us to a place, we started out and the second place we called at, Bro. Thomas, they took us in and gave us a fine bed. It was about 10 o’clock when we got in.

Friday, March 29, 1901

During the night it rained some and when we arose it was still sprinkling. I asked Bro. Thomas if we could remain with him until it quit and he said yes. We talked upon the gospel until noon. I began to ache like I was going to have a chill. Did not eat but a little dinner. The rain had quit so we started out although I felt so miserable that I could hardly travel. Stopped in the shade of a tree to rest for a while. A big black cloud came over, so we started for a house. It began raining before we reached it but not hard. But as soon as we had got in, it rained hard and for quite a while. After it had stopped the sun came out and was awful warm. We continued but I could not go very fast. We began asking quite early for entertainment on account of my chill. The first place, a big white house, never took anyone in. The next place, a poor man, we were perfectly welcome. Had a nice supper and then talked with them until 10 p.m. Held prayers and retired. I was mouth. Had a good bed.

Saturday, March 30, 1901

When I arose I was feeling much better than I did when I retired. It was awful cloudy and quite cold. After breakfast we began our labor. The first home I sold two books. At 10 a.m. we came into the Cane Chapel community. Stopped in the school house where we had a shave. We then went on to Bro. Harvey’s where we partook of a nice dinner and had a long talk. We then started out to see the trustees. Were successful in getting the house. Visited most of the houses and norated our meeting for Sunday night. Sold five little books during the day. Were invited into several houses where we had a nice talk. Came to Mr. J.R. Lane, a sanctified man, where we spent the night. He had to tell us his experiences and how he became sanctified. Any of the elders that have ever heard one talk knows the absurdity of their argument when they reach that state. It comes on them all at once without complying with the adopting principles of the gospel. Retired to bed at 9 p.m. Had a good bed.

Sunday, March 31, 1901

After having a good night’s rest we arose. Had a nice breakfast. I was feeling fine. The weather was very cloudy and cold. At 9 a.m. I began to ache and before long there was a hard chill hold of me. I was sitting by the fire as near as I could get, yet my teeth rattled like everything. I could not get warm nor keep from shaking. So I asked Sister Lane if I could get a place to lie down. I covered up with several heavy quilts but it did no good. I shook for about two hours. My feet were so cold I could hardly stand it. After the chill left me I soon warmed up with the fever and had to throw off some of the cover. I threw up considerable. At about 3 p.m. the fever left me but I had an awful bad headache. We had an appointment in the schoolhouse but had to put it off on that account. Bro. Chitty and wife and Bro. Mayfield came in and we talked for quite a while. It began raining in a light form at night so they all went home. I ate quite a hearty supper after which we talked until 9 p.m. when we held prayers and retired. I was mouth. Had a good bed and slept fine.

Monday, April 1, 1901

I felt some better when I arose. Ate breakfast. The weather was very bad. Did not rain very much. We did not start out until after dinner on account of the weather. We helped Bro. Lane saw up a little wood. At 12 p.m. we bid the family goodby and started for Clifton to get and post our mail. We reached there at 3 p.m. One letter form home. Folks all well. I sent my report book home. Went to the drug store and purchased a bottle of chill tonic which cost me 50c. We then started back down the valley. Stopped in the woods where Elder Rogers changed his pants and put on the new pair he just received. Continuing, we visited a few families. Stopped over night with Bro. Helm who treated us fine. Had a good talk and retired.

Tuesday, April 1, 1901

I was not feeling very well when I arose. Did not eat much breakfast. Felt awful miserable. At 8 a.m. the chill came on. Sister Helm asked me if I did not want to lay down. She piled quilts on but they did no good. I would shake like I was going to break in two. My teeth would rattle and I couldn’t help it. The chill lasted about 2 hours and a half. The fever came on with an awful headache. It stayed with me most of the day. I laid on the bed most of the day and felt so weary that I did not eat but little dinner. At night ate a little supper. There was to be a temperance lecturer in the Baptist Church at 8 p.m. so Sister Helm and her daughter got in the buggy and went to it. At 9:30 we retired. Had a good bed.

Wednesday, April 3, 1901

The weather was nice and cool. Clear as could be. I did not feel very good after my hard chill. Ate a little breakfast and at 8 a.m. we bid them goodby and took our departure. Went into Clifton but there was no mail. I had partly decided to go into Hill County to Bro. Smith’s to have the chills broken. So we went to the railroad station. The train did not go out until nearly night, so we retired to the woods and rested during the day. At night I felt so much better that I concluded not to go. So we started down the valley. Began canvassing. Sold one little book. I was very weak and had to travel quite slow. At night we came to Bro. T.M. Pool. Did not have any dinner but were permitted to tarry with him over night. I had an awful headache when I retired. Took most of the tonic and one dose of quinine to keep off the chill.

Thursday, April 4, 1901

The sky was clear but the wind was blowing. I took all my tonic and two doses of quinine to prevent my chill today, and thank the Lord it did not come back. We started on our way soon after breakfast. Came into the next school community. Went to see the trustees and got permission to preach there. Began norating our meeting. At noon no one asked us in to have dinner. I was hungry so while talking with Bro. Handley I asked him if they had a little cold snack that he could give us. His wife was not at home but he took us to the house and we had a nice dinner of fruit and bread and butter. Continuing on, we stopped down on the creek for a while to rest. The wind was blowing quite hard. we met Bro. Bledsoe out in the field just before sunset. He asked us to stay with him and have supper and he would drive over to the church in the wagon. When we reached there, there was but 12 persons came out. But we held forth anyway. Elder Rogers spoke about 11 minutes first. And then I took up about 50 minutes. It was getting late so we closed and returned to Bro. Bledsoe for the night.

Friday, April 5, 1901

I did not wake up during the night but when I did, the wind was blowing awful hard and the folks said that it nearly took the house away. It was from the north and quite cold. At 8 a.m. we began our labor again. went down the valley and finished what work we had there. The wind was to our backs so it blew us along. At noon we ate dinner with Bro. Neily. He did not have much to say but gave us something to eat. We started back north as we were done down that way. It was very hard to travel against the wind. Stopped into a preacher’s house but we could not get him drawn out on the gospel. Held prayers in the woods. At night we came to a Norwegian’s by the name of L.K. Dahlen. Asked for entertainment. He went and consulted with his wife for a while and then said we could stay. He was well off. Had a fine supper, California grapes stewed up. Talked until bedtime.

Saturday, April 6, 1901

I slept fine during the night. Was nice and cold when I arose. Had a nice breakfast, after which I asked Bro. Dahlen if we could wash our clothes. He said we could but the water was so hard in the well and he did not have time to haul up some from the creek, so we put it off. Began our work. Met a friend and sold him two books while talking with him. Started in on a Norwegian settlement. Most all of them could talk some in English. At noon we were talking with a young man by the name of Johnson. He asked us to stop and have dinner with him. After a long talk we continued our labor. Most all of the Norwegians belong to the Lutheran Church. I could not sell a book to the men. One old man, while talking with him, said that he was born a Lutheran, was raised a Lutheran, baptized a Lutheran, and would die one. After I found the men would not buy our books I did not go to any trouble of finding them, but commenced on the women. I sold three to them at different places. I found that it was easier to talk them into taking one than it was the men. Had a good bath in the creek, after which we began seeking a place to tarry. Could not find any men at home as it was Saturday. At 8 p.m. we came to a place where he was at home. Were taken in. Good supper and bed.

Sunday, April 7, 1901

It was fair and beautiful when we arose. The folks did not want us to go in the kitchen to dine, so they prepared a fine breakfast in the sitting room and we ate to ourselves. We were intending to try and stay with them all day but the young man said that they were all going to church. So we thanked them and took our departure. Went up on the hill in a thicket and there among the leaves and ticks we spent the day writing letters, reading, and sleeping. At 5 p.m. we started out to find a place to tarry. Visited 4 families. Came to a big white house owned by a Norwegian. Were permitted to stay with him. His wife prepared a fine cold supper. The gentleman was not much on the talk. At 9 p.m. we retired. Good bed.

(To be continued)



  1. What clothes do you think they were dying, Ardis?

    Comment by J. Stapley — August 5, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

  2. Well, he mentions his coat and vest turning out “with a fine black color,” so I assume they were dying their suits, probably the trousers, too. Black is such a fugitive color even today, and I’ll bet with all those boilings and rubbings in the outdoor washtubs, together with all the mending he’s always mentioning, their suits must have looked pretty faded and seedy!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 5, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

  3. I must have skipped a line in that entry and missed that. I can’t imagine maintaining clothes with their schedule.

    Comment by J. Stapley — August 5, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

  4. I’ll have to add clothes dyeing to my list of things to examine in missionary diaries.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — August 5, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  5. What does “I was mouth” mean? He says it often at night, but it isn’t an expression I am familiar with.

    Comment by Julia — August 13, 2012 @ 5:11 am

  6. That means he was the one who said the prayer. It’s a very archaic expression, isn’t it?

    Comment by Amy T — August 13, 2012 @ 6:22 am

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