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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 20 July – 7 August 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 07, 2012

(Previous installment)

Saturday, July 20, 1901

We concluded to remain with the Sister until Monday as we could not get to the other place without traveling on Sunday. After the dew had dried off we went out into the orchard and helped the boys pick peaches as they were getting them ready to ship. Spent the day talking upon the gospel. About night I had a bath and changed clothes. Retired to bed quite early. Quite cool. Another nice rain during the afternoon.

Sunday, July 21, 1901

I did not partake of any breakfast. Went off into the woods and had my prayers. Sat and read and talked until noon. Partook of a fine dinner, after which the young people sang some songs. Sister Armwine wanted us to preach to them but some of them acted very peculiar as soon as she spoke about it, so I thought best not to. Had all the fruit I could eat. Retired early.

Monday, July 22, 1901

When we arose it was as foggy as could be. We had a long walk to make so soon after breakfast we bid the folks goodby and were soon on our way. We put a few apples in our grips which we ate along the road. It was nice and cool. We traveled along steady for 6 hours then were getting a little tired and sat down to rest. Had not rested long before a man came along in a wagon and we got a ride for 8 miles, which was a great help to us. Arrived at Bro. Haskins’ at 5 p.m. some earlier than we expected. Found then all well with the exception of the baby. They soon fixed us a nice dinner and we were enjoying ourselves around the table. Retired at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23, 1901

I slept on the floor all night. Rested fine; did not wake until morning. After breakfast I had nothing to do so I spent the day reading. After dinner I went out with Bro. Haskins and helped him fix up his fence. After supper we talked until bed time. Big fine bed.

Wednesday, July 24, 1901

The 24th had come around again. We concluded to stay over another day as Elder Pierce was quite weak and I was afraid that he would give out. I spent the forenoon reading and sleeping. Partook of a fine dinner; sat and talked until 5 p.m., then Bro. Haskins went to work. I took a basket and gathered up peaches that were under the trees for the hogs. Retired.

Thursday, July 25, 1901

It was quite cloudy when we arose, making it quite cool. We concluded to start on our way, so soon after breakfast we bid the folks goodby and were on our way. Elder Pierce was not feeling very well. Had a very bad headache all night. He was not able to travel very far at a time without resting. After walking for some distance, we saw a man coming up behind us in a wagon. So we stopped under a tree to wait and see if we could get a ride to town as Elder Pierce was almost give out. I had been carrying both grips for some distance. I suppose he knew who we were and must have been prejudiced towards us for when he came up, I stepped out to ask him for a ride but the old scoundrel wouldn’t stop but hit his mules and away he went. We were left standing and had to walk into town. We finally made it there all okay. Went to the depot. After a good rest he felt some better. I came back uptown and bought a few things that we were needing. Took the train at 3:30 p.m. for Overton; reached there at 5 p.m. Started for Red Switch about 6 miles up the railroad. We had never been up here to the Saints and did not know exactly where they lived. We walked on past their place about 3 miles; wandered around until 9 p.m. when we concluded to stop at the first house we came to. It was a negro, so we asked for a few quilts on the gallery and put in the rest of the night there.

Friday, July 26, 1901

I did not rest very good on the gallery. We arose quite early and started on our hunt for the Saints. After walking about two miles we arrived at their place. They were all happy to see us. They soon prepared a nice breakfast for us. We spent a very pleasant day singing the songs of Zion, eating fruit, and exchanging our experiences. Retired to bed at 10 p.m. Nice and cool.

Saturday, July 27, 1901

During the forenoon we walked over to Bro. Stebbins’, where we spent the day. He was not at home. Did not get back from town until 4 p.m. The girls came over and we spent the evening singing songs. When we retired the bed bugs bothered me considerable.

Sunday, July 28, 1901

Soon after breakfast we all came back over to Sister Cole’s. I spent the forenoon writing letters. Partook of a fine dinner that had been prepared by the kind sisters. I took a short sleep, after which we enjoyed ourselves singing the songs of Zion. The folks sent around through the neighborhood and invited in their neighbors for meeting at night. At 9 p.m. the folks had come and we commenced our meeting. Elder P. spoke first for a short time after which I followed for 45 minutes upon Faith and Works.

Monday, July 29, 1901

I spent a very pleasant night. Arose quite late. Spent most of the forenoon writing a letter. Walked over to Bro. Stebbins’ and spent the day. Partook of a hearty dinner, after which I talked with the sister for a while and tried to show her the necessity of being baptized. After supper we all came back over to Sister Cole’s where we enjoyed ourselves until 12 o’clock singing and chatting. We went back with them and spent the remainder of the night.,

Tuesday, July 30, 1901

The night was hardly long enough as I did not get enough sleep. Soon after breakfast, we came back to Sister Cole’s. I wrote a letter to my sister at Provo. After dinner I had a good nap. Spent the rest of the day chatting with the folks.

Wednesday, July 31, 1901

Elder Pierce had improved considerably, so we decided to start on our way. One of the neighbor darkies told the folks when we got ready to go that they could have their team and haul us to the train 6 miles. They were very kind. The man stopped his plowing to let us have his team. We took the train at Kilgore at 11 a.m. Cost us 25 cents to ride to Longview, where we had to change cars. Waited there until 3 p.m. when we took the train to Carthage, cost 60 cents. Started out to find some of the Saints that lived there, but to our surprise they had moved about 20 miles above, so we came on out of town. A darky came along and gave us a ride about 6 miles. Night came on. We began seeking for entertainment. Stayed with a young couple by the name of Young. I did not sleep very good.

Thursday, August 1, 1901

By 7 a.m. we were on our way. It was awful cloudy but did not rain but a little. Came to the Sabine River where we had to be ferried across. By 12 p.m. we had arrived at Bro. Kelly’s, one of the Saints. He was very glad to see us. We spent the day talking. Elder Pierce put a sight on a gun for them. After supper we talked until 10 p.m. Retired on the gallery.

Friday, August 2, 1901

After breakfast I took the gun and walked around the farm, but did not find anything to shoot at. When I returned we sat and talked upon various subjects until 3 p.m. when I took a cold water bath which helped me out considerable. We had a meeting appointed at the house for night but there was no one came out but the Saints. So we held a fine meeting anyway. I certainly enjoyed myself talking to the Saints upon their duties and the many blessings that were in store for them if they proved faithful.

Saturday, August 3, 1901

Soon after breakfast while it was cool, we walked over to Bro. Haden’s. They had an extra mule so I borrowed it and rode to DeBerry after our mail. Received five letters from different parties. All of the folks were well which was very gratifying to me. One of the letters I had seen the day before in my sleep. I also met Bro. Cranshaw and family and partook of a nice dinner with them. After I had got back to Bro. Haden’s we walked over and watched the boys play ball for a while. I felt quite miserable as the pills were working on me considerable.

Sunday, August 4, 1901

The weather was awful warm. Could hardly keep awake unless talking all the time. We spent the forenoon conversing upon various points. At 1 p.m. we sat down to a fine dinner that Sister Haden had worked so hard to prepare. The afternoon was cloudy and not a breath of air stirring. So warm that we could hardly get our breath. We had a meeting appointed for the evening, so when the people had congregated together under a nice shady tree, we commenced our meeting. Elder Pierce spoke first for 10 minutes. He was nearly scared to death. He trembled like a leaf. When I arose, I did not know what I should preach upon as my mind was almost a blank. As soon as I had begun to speak, the spirit of the Lord rested upon me and I was led out upon the Apostasy and Restoration, occupying 45 minutes. I did not lack for words but enjoyed myself very much in talking to the people. After services Bro. Jay asked us to accompany him home. We spent a very pleasant evening conversing upon the gospel. Retired to our beds at 11 p.m. after prayers.

Monday, August 5, 1901

It was awful cloudy when we arose. Soon after breakfast we came back to Bro. Haden’s. In a little while it began raining in a slow form and lasted until noon. We took our umbrellas and walked over to Bro. Weathington’s where we spent the day. Had the privilege of helping to eat a melon weighing 52 pounds. It was a big one. We were intending to return to Bro. Haden’s to spend the night but they insisted that we remain with them. We sat and conversed upon the gospel until 11 p.m. when we retired to our beds.

Tuesday, August 6, 1901

When we returned to Bro. Haden’s, they were glad to see us. Bro. H. Was getting ready to start to Carthage to attend court, but he waited until afternoon in order to talk with us a while. After he had left, I had a little nap, took a shave, and then we bid the sister goodby and walked over to DeBerry where we met Bro. Cranshaw and family, who were waiting anxiously for our arrival. About sunset one of the neighbors came in drunk and began imposing upon Baker Cranshaw, and I thought for a moment there would be a fight, but I persuaded Baker to let him alone as he was drunk. His poor wife was doing all she could to keep him out of trouble.

Wednesday, August 7, 1901

Bro. Cranshaw had to go to Carthage to attend court, so we were left alone with the womenfolks. After breakfast I hitched up the buggy and went on an errand for the sister. Spent the day reading and writing. At night I again hitched the horse onto the buggy and drove out into the field after a little feed for the animals. When I returned Bro. C. Had got back from Carthage.

(To be continued)



  1. I missed this somehow. I am both surprised, and then realize I shouldn’t be surprised, that they were hunting and carrying guns as missionaries. This was common I assume?

    Comment by Julia — November 1, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

  2. I have no idea how common it was (probably less common in cities than rural areas), but it goes with the culture of the day so that, like you, I’m surprised because it had never occurred to me, not because it’s shocking.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 1, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

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