Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog » Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 11 September – 27 September 1901

Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 11 September – 27 September 1901

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 28, 2012

(Previous installment)

Wednesday, September 11, 1901

As soon as we arose we returned to Bro. Knight’s in fasting and prayer. She requested that we administer, and by noon she was feeling much better. We spent the day at the place and also the night. It began raining during the night and continued until morning, kept us in the house.

Thursday, September 12, 1901

Sister Knight rested very good during the night and was feeling much better when we arose. After breakfast we administered to her again. Spent the forenoon talking with the folks. I rode over to Bro. Cantrell’s and got our grips and soon after dinner we got into the buggy with Bro. Taylor and rode to his place, 12 miles distant. Ate a nice supper, held prayers. I was mouth, and retired. Good bed. Rained all night.

Friday, September 13, 1901

It was still raining when we arose and continued until 12 p.m. Before it stopped we sat about the house talking with the folks. After dinner Bro. Taylor got out the buggy and drove us over to Fincastle, where we received mail from home. He then came on down two miles with us when we separated and walked on to Bro. Scroggins’. Several letters there for me. After supper, Elder Barber and I began fixing up the books. Did not get through until 12 midnight and were very tired when we retired.

Saturday, September 14, 1901

It began to rain during the night and continued until nearly 2 p.m. Elder Barber wanted to catch the train for Pilgrim’s Rest to visit the sick folks. Although it was raining he started out. I was intending to visit a family of Saints across the Naches River, but on account of the rain I was hindered. I spent two or three hours in writing up my journal. Walked over to Bro. Kemp’s to spend the night. He was not at home, so I came back to Bro. Huston’s, where I watched him plow up a piece of new ground that was all full of stumps. Stayed with him all of the night. It began raining soon after dark and continued most of the night. Talked until bed time; held prayers. Elder Pierce was mouth. Good bed.

Sunday, September 15, 1901

Arose feeling very well after a good night’s rest. After breakfast we talked until 10 a.m. Then we walked over to Bro. Scroggins’ where I wrote a long letter to my sister Patience. Ate dinner, and at 3 p.m. we started to Bro. Taylor’s, going by the way of Fincastle for our mail. While there we went to preaching at a Methodist meeting and heard a young man professing to be preaching the gospel splatter away. Came on to Bro. Taylor’s where we spent the night pleasantly, conversing upon different subjects. At bedtime we held prayers. I was mouth.

Monday, September 16, 1901

Soon after breakfast, we bid the folks goodby and started for Pilgrim’s Rest. We walked at the rate of 3 miles an hour and by 12 p.m., we were at Bro. Knight’s. Sister Knight had not improved but very little although she was resting very good. After dinner we walked over to Bro. Cantrell’s, where we spent the remainder of the day and night. Went into the cotton field and helped pick until dark. After supper we sang songs until 10 p.m. Elder Pierce was mouth in prayer. Retired. I slept alone.

Tuesday, September 17, 1901

After shaving and shining our shoes, we bid the folks goodby and started for Athens. Came by Bro. Knight’s and bid them goodby. I borrowed $2.50 of him. We then started on, walking slowly along. Arrived at Athens at 12:30 p.m. Elder Barber and I went to the hotel and bought our dinner, 25c apiece. I paid for both. After doing our business in town, we walked down on the railroad where we talked a while, then bidding Elder Barber goodby, I and Elder Pierce walked out six miles to Bro. Frazier’s, arriving there about sunset. Sat and talked until bed time. Had prayers. I was mouth. Nice and cool. Rested fine.

Wednesday, September 18, 1901

During the night it was cool enough that I slept very comfortable with two quilts. Arose quite early and soon after breakfast, we were on our way rejoicing. Going south towards Wildcat Ferry, we walked along until noon when we decided that we wanted some dinner, so we stopped at Mr. J.W. Martin’s and, after a short conversation, I asked him for some dinner. He had lost his wife and had no one to do the housework, only little girls, but told us if we could put up with what they had, which consisted of biscuits, gravy, and sweet milk, we were welcome. It was very gladly accepted. Gave them a few tracts and, thanking them for their kindness, we walked on to the river (Trinity) where we paid 5c apiece to be ferried across. Then winding around through the muddy bottoms, about 6 miles, we finally came out just at dark. Had it not been for some boys who were in there hunting who gave us the directions to high land, we would no doubt have laid in the bottoms all night. Came to some houses where we asked for entertainment. Were refused twice. They claimed that they were crowded. Came to Bro. J.E. Correll, who had taken care of two elders about two years ago. He welcomed us in. Had a nice supper. Talked until 10 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 1901

Arose quite early. The weather was nice and cool. Soon after breakfast we bid goodby to the folks. They gave us a welcome to return any time we may be passing through. Walked south to the Richland Creek where we wallowed through mud and water for 1-1/2 miles before we reached the opposite side. After cleaning off the mud, we proceeded on. Came to Bro. Harper’s place. To our surprise, he was batching, but was not at home. We waited until after noon for him to come, but he never put in his appearance. Elder Pierce then stirred up a little dough and we had some tough cakes straight for our dinner. We then walked down to his brother’s and found him picking cotton. Talked with him for a while. Elder Pierce then took a chill. We stayed over night with them. He was a poor excuse for a Latter-day Saint.

Friday, September 20, 1901

We arose early and by 7:30 we were on our way coming north. Took off our shoes and went barefoot all the way across the wide creek bottoms. We walked along for 4 hours. A man came along with a big load of cotton. I did not want to ask him to ride for nothing, seeing that he was loaded. So we gave him 25c for a ride to Kerens 8 miles away. Arrived there at 2 p.m. Bought a steak dinner, 15c. Walked out 5 miles to Berette to Bro. Huston’s, where we spent the night. After supper I read a sermon of Pres. Snow’s to them. Retired, good bed.

Saturday, September 21, 1901

After breakfast I wrote out an order for the folks for the Deseret News. Took it to the post office; was too late; the mail was just leaving. While in town, a man came in with two large fish weighing about 60 pounds each. Bro. Huston bought a fish, which went very good for dinner. When I returned, Elder P. Was having a very heavy chill. The fever came on in a short time and lasted all day. I took a bath in the afternoon; spent the rest of the day writing letters to the folks at home.

Sunday, September 22, 1901

Elder Pierce had a fever all night. Warmed the bed up so that I could not rest very good. At 10 a.m. I attended the Baptist Sunday School. After they were through on my way back I passed the Campbellite Church. They were in session. Stopped in and listened to them for a while. Returned home. Ate a nice dinner. Talked upon different subjects until 3 p.m., then Bro. Huston’s boy drove us to Kerens in the buggy. Took the train there for Waco, arriving there at 7:35. Went to the elders’ room. Found them well, Had a pleasant time talking until bed time.

Monday, September 23, 1901

Pres. Randell and Walser were going to leave us, going to visit the elders. We walked to the depot with them and saw them off. Coming back to our room, we made preparations to begin our work. Elder Pierce being weak, it was thought best for him to remain quiet. Elder Craner and I went out and canvassed one street. Met several people who were very indifferent. One Baylor student was educating himself for a Baptist minister. Had a short conversation with him, but his ideas were very strange concerning the gospel. Returned to the room and spent a few moments and then walked down to supper. We had an appointment on the steps of the City Hall. So about 8 p.m. we met there, but what few people were there when we came up soon disappeared. We were unable to hold any meeting. Returned to our room. Had prayers, I was mouth. Retired.

Tuesday, September 24, 1901

Arose feeling quite well. Ate a hearty breakfast. Walked down to the post office but there was no mail for us. At 9 a.m. we started out to work. Elder Anderson and I went together. During the forenoon we visited 60 families and were not invited in to a house. Several places the door was shut in our faces. One of the places was a minister’s residence. About noon we had visited 60 families and were rejected at 9 places. We returned to our room as it began to rain. It continued most of the afternoon. Elder Craner went downtown and bought some bread and apples, which we ate for our dinner. Spent the afternoon reading. At 6 p.m. we went to supper. After returning we talked with Elder P. about married life. Retired at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 1901

Arose after having a good night’s rest, feeling well. At 9 a.m. Elder A. and I went to work commencing on 14th Street. Met a lady by the name of Kirkwood who was born and raised a Mormon in Salt Lake City, but married an outsider and drifted away. Moved to Chicago and lived there for four years and then came to Waco, Texas, where they have been living. She seemed to be quite nice. We took her parents’ name with the intention of visiting them on our way home. She told us that whenever we got hungry to call around, that she would be pleased to set a table for us. Continuing, we visited several more families and then came to our room, where we spent an hour and a half; ate a little snack. Then went to work again on 15th Street. During the evening we were invited in to talk with several families. Sold three Books. At 5 p.m. we returned and made preparations for supper, after which we went to the City Hall and waited until after 8 o’clock but did not hold any meeting as there was no one came around. We returned to our room. I started a letter to Mary. Elder P. went to sleep. We tied him all up, and when he awoke he was quite angry with us. Held prayers and retired. I was mouth.

Thursday, September 26, 1901

Arose feeling well. Weather bright and clear. After breakfast Elder Craner and I walked over to the post office. One letter from home. Folks all well. We then made preparations for our work, leaving our room at 10 .m. The first family that we were invited into had a nice conversation with two ladies and sold them the last book we had. Continuing, we were invited in occasionally. Did not have any dinner. Several places, while going up to the different houses, the women would shut the door and then run and hide. One place we were telling an old man who we were and he said in a rough manner, “I don’t want to know anything about you.” At 4 p.m. we concluded our work for the day. Returning to the room, we ate a few apples and at 6 p.m. went to supper, after which we returned and spent the evening reading and writing. Retired at 10.

Friday, September 27, 1901

The weather was nice and pleasant. The sister had breakfast ready before we awoke. At 8 a.m. Elder Craner and I went to the post office. A money order for me, $5.00. No letter. Came back and were soon ready to begin work. Our work was scattered as we were finishing the western part of the city. We were invited in four times during the day. Two of the places the families being somewhat prejudiced. One old lady, when we introduced ourselves, she says, “You are, ha ha, Mormons, why you are the biggest cranks I have ever seen. Well,” she says, “come around in the house. I would like to talk to you for a few moments.” She was very fast in her talk and no doubt in other ways also. In everything she would say, we would correct her and give her to understand that she was misinformed. One or two places, they saw us approaching the door and they would run and hide. Everybody knew who we were and what our business was. On our way home the kids would yell at us and wonder how many wives we had. Returned to our room at 5 p.m. Rested for a short time and then went to supper, after which we walked out to the suspension bridge across the Brazos River. It is 480 feet across it. Reaches from one bank to the other without any pillars in the center. We also visited the Jewish Synagogue, where there were to be services, but on account of the minister being so hoarse, he did nothing but read. Returned to room and retired. Quite tired.

(To be continued)



  1. On the 13th it talks about “fixing up books.” Does this mean pamphlets, tracts, some other kind if books? Just curious what would keep them up so late.

    Comment by Julia — October 30, 2012 @ 4:44 am

  2. I’m not sure, Julia. It may be that they were packaging their tracts and pamphlets ready for proselyting, or it may mean they were catching up their record books. They had to report all kinds of things — miles traveled, gospel conversations had, financial.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 30, 2012 @ 7:15 am

  3. Sept 27: Elder Pranks!

    Comment by Chad Too — October 30, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

Leave a comment

RSS feed for comments on this post.
TrackBack URI