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Without Purse or Scrip in Texas: 25 January – 6 February 1902

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 13, 2013

(Previous installment)

Saturday, January 25, 1902

When we arose the weather was awful bad. Ate a hearty breakfast (sweet potatoes) and at 9:30 a.m. we started on our way towards Topsey, a distance of 10 miles. We walked along until noon when we called on Bro. H.D. Fernbaugh and were given a nice dinner and rested some. This through, we walked on to Topsey, arriving there at 3 p.m. Received mail from home. Folks all well. Bought 5c worth of candy. We then came north into the Harmon District. Began asking for a place to tarry. Were refused 3 times. Bro. Lovejoy said we could stay with him if we had the money. He said he had to work for his living and did not feel like giving it away. About 8 p.m. we got into Bro. Scott’s. Did not have any supper. They were going to spend the evening with Mr. Mores and asked us to go with them. We were so tired that we did not feel like doing anything in the way of talking. Coming on back, we retired to rest at 10 p.m. Rested good.

Sunday, January 26, 1902

During the night there was a norther came up and when we arose it was freezing. As there was a light mist falling, after breakfast we talked for a while. The family not manifesting much interest, we decided to visit Bro. W.T. McMullin, a member of the Campbellite Church. After a walk through the cold wind for two miles, we arrived at his house. Were invited in. But we soon discovered that there was not a very friendly feeling existing towards us. After we had been seated for a while, the old man started off on religion. He said he admired our energy but could not endure our doctrine. We soon found out that there was no use to talk with him as we found him very unreasonable. Among many things that were brought up were the signs that were to follow those that believe. He said that if we would give him a sign, he would believe. He then went into the kitchen and came back with a bottle of laudanum and said if we would drink that and not have it hurt us, he would believe. We told him that we were no fools and said to him that he was in the same condition as old Satan when he tried to get the Savior to give him a sign. He says, “I am the devil then, am I?” “Yes, sir,” was the reply. We finally told him that we would talk no longer with him. He went on to warn us of what we were doing and we gave him to understand that he had done his duty and we were satisfied. We then talked on other subjects. Ate dinner. Sat by the fire until 4 p.m. when we took our departure. Although it was very cold, we walked about 2 miles and were taken in by Bro. A.H. Schuster, a German. Were given a nice supper. Conversed upon the Gospel until 9 p.m. and then retired to rest. Good bed and plenty of cover to keep warm. Rested fine.

Monday, January 27, 1902

The weather still cold. It was 25 minutes to 9 before we arose. After breakfast we sat by the fire and wrote letters home and to the office. At 12:30 p.m. we were making preparations to go but the kind sister asked us to remain until after dinner, which we did. At 2 p.m. we started out in the cold. Came to Topsey and mailed our letters and then came west out a lane. The first house we came to Elder Craner was opening the gate to go in when I discovered a sign on the gate that read like this: “No Mormons allowed in here.” So not wishing to infringe on them, we went on up the road. Stopped in the woods and held prayers. The next house, Bro. J.B. Strom, we were granted the privilege of remaining over night. After supper we talked, and sang them some of our songs. They in turn sang some of theirs. Before retiring we warmed some water and took a bath. Rested in a good bed.

Tuesday, January 28, 1902

We arose after having a good night’s rest. The weather was still very bad, with a light mist falling and freezing as fast as it would hit the ground. After eating a nice breakfast, we sat by the warm stove talking upon different subjects the greater part of the day. Religion was a secondary consideration with him. At 4 p.m. we ate a nice dinner. We then thought it best to make another friend for the night, as Bro. Strom and family did not seem to care whether we remained with them or not. So at 4:30 p.m. we bid them goodby and started out in the cold, facing the wind all the way to Topsey. Arriving there we were disappointed in not receiving any mail from Elder Anderson. We then went up to Bro. Terry’s to spend the night but he had just gone off to sit up with a sick child, so we were compelled to go on. Took down through the pastures about a mile to a German’s. But he could not keep us on account of his wife being sick. Went on another mile further to Bro. A.W. Waldenman, a German where we were taken in. By this time we had got quite wet and the front of our coats was nothing but ice frozen stiff as could be. We were seated around a warm stove and were soon dry. The kind family, or sister, proffered to get us some supper but we did not put her to that trouble as it was late when we ate dinner. We talked until 9 p.m. upon the gospel and the history of our people and were then given a fine bed in the parlor and retired to rest, feeling thankful for the blessings of the Lord towards us.

Wednesday, January 29, 1902

We arose feeling well. The weather was still cold with icicles all over the ground. We sat around the warm fire until noon, when we partook of a nice dinner and then, thanking the kind family, we took our departure. Went into Topsey to get our package but, on arriving at the office, the postmaster had gone to attend a funeral of a young man by the name of Taylor that died the night before. We then met the mail carrier and gave him a Voice of Warning pamphlet if he would get the package and deliver it to Copperas Cove for us. We then came south visiting the respective families. It being cold, we began asking for entertainment and were refused once. Got in with Bro. C. Jacobs, a German. Had a nice supper and talked to them the best we could until bedtime. Were given a fine bed in the parlor and retired.

Thursday, January 30, 1902

We arose feeling well. Ate a hearty breakfast. The weather was still cold and disagreeable, with everything frozen up and icicles hanging on everything. At 9 a.m. we thanked the kind family and took our departure. Walked south to Copperas Cove. Elder Craner stopped out one mile in the bush while I went in after the mail. Was disappointed as we received no mail. Came back and began canvassing. While we were at Bro. Fry’s talking, Elders Barber and Wilding came in upon us. We were very glad to meet them. We then went about a mile down the road. Stopped in the woods where we spent the remainder of the day together around a fire. At 5 p.m. after holding prayer, we separated, Elder Wilding and I going together. We were given entertainment by Bro. A. Miller, a German. After supper we talked until nearly 10 p.m. on the gospel and then retired upstairs. Good bed.

Friday, January 31, 1902

We arose after having a good night’s rest. The ground was frozen solid and the icicles were all over everything. Looked very pretty. After a good breakfast we bid the family goodby and started out to meet Elders Barber and Craner. Had not gone far until we met them. We then went up on the side of the mountain, where we remained together until 12 p.m. Had a nice time. We then separated, Elder Barber and myself starting for Erath County and Elders Craner and Wilding remaining in this County to finish up the labor. We came to Topsey. Ate a can of tomatoes, 20c. And then came north to the Beehouse Creek where we met Bro. F.P. Larrins, one of our old friends, and stayed over night. After supper Elder Barber talked with them on the Government of the church. Retired at 10 p.m.

Saturday, February 1, 1902

The weather had moderated some and was quite pleasant. Before leaving, we had a short conversation and sold Bro. Larrins a Book of Mormon. At 10 a.m. we started on our way again. Walked about 7 miles to Bro. J.T. Sanders in the King District where we were given a nice dinner. After a short talk, we were on our way again. Came through pastures and the nearest way to Bro. F.W. Rankin, a distance of 8 miles. On arriving at his place, we were made welcome. We both took a shave. The razor was so dull that we could hardly stand it. After supper our conversation began on Authority, Restoration and Punishment. Before retiring, we took a bath which made us feel much better. Were given a good bed and retired to rest.

Sunday, February 2, 1902

When we arose the wind was blowing from the north and it was quite cold. The warm fire was enjoyed very much. After breakfast I wrote a letter to the folks at home, also to Elder Anderson at Italy. Noon came. We partook of a nice dinner and at 2 p.m. we bid the kind family goodby and took our leave for Levita. The brother and sister gave us a warm welcome to return at any time. Came into the post office and then out to Bro. M. Simpson’s, where we were again made welcome. During the afternoon we sat and talked. Elder Barber wrote a letter to his sweetheart, May Smith. Night came. We had a nice supper, after which we talked until 9 p.m. and retired to rest. It was very hard to get them off on religion, as they did not care much for it.

Monday, February 3, 1902

The weather was still cold and disagreeable. Before leaving, Bro. Simpson told us whenever we came through to drop him a note and he would make preparations for us to preach a few times while in their midst. At 9 a.m. we bid them goodby, receiving a warm welcome to return at any time. Came to town, bought 5c of envelopes, 3 pairs of socks, 25c. Then came north to one of my friends where we were intending to eat dinner. But the family had gone to Gatesville. We went on and began to get hungry and tired, so we called in to Bro. J.M. McClendon, where we talked for about two hours. The man was quite rational but very illiterate. He gave us a nice dinner and we went on our way rejoicing. Walked about 6 miles to Bro. E.A. Brenholtz, another one of my friends. He was sick but we were made welcome. Went into his room where we talked until supper time, then to the dining room where we partook of a nice supper, after which we were seated in the parlor. Bro. B’s sister, an old maid, she entertained us for a while with music from the piano. We then drifted off into a conversation for a short time. The kind family prepared a nice bed on the floor and we retired to rest at 9:30.

Tuesday, February 4, 1902

When we arose the wind was from the north and very cold and awful cloudy. After breakfast we talked with the kind family for a while. Their children were all as healthy as could be. They did not send them to school but had school every day at home for them. They were very bright and instead of their answering their parents rough like the majority of the young people, their answers were pleasant and obedient. At 10 a.m. we bid them goodby and were on our way facing the cold wind. Came to Turnersville, where we bought 5c of candy. Then came east walking about 7 miles, arriving at Bro. R.N. Lewis, a member, about 12:30 p.m. They were glad to see us, as well as we were them. After dinner we sat and talked until night. The clouds settled down and it began snowing and lasted until after we had retired. Sang some songs. Held prayer. I was mouth, and retired.

Wednesday, February 5, 1902

When we arose, the ground was covered with snow, the first time this winter. Very cold. It was quite early when we ate breakfast. The forenoon we sat about enjoying the warm fire. The afternoon was spent in about the same way. I wrote a letter to Bro. U.V. Perkins. After supper and all were seated and quiet, I read two sermons that were delivered at the October, 1901, Conference by apostles Reed Smoot and Rudger Clawson, after which we talked for a while. Held prayers. Elder Barber was mouth. Retired in the little room. By this time the snow had almost melted away.

Thursday, February 6, 1902

We arose quite early. The weather had moderated some, making it awful muddy. Bro. Lewis went to see Mr. Cummings to borrow a little money for us to ride on the train with but did not get it as he was out. We then decided to go to Clifton anyway, as Bro. Lewis thought he could borrow it of a man there. So at 9 a.m. Bro. Lewis hitched onto his light wagon and we started. Bid the folks goodby. Could not travel very fast as the roads were awful muddy. At 12 p.m. we stopped on the Turkey Creek under the iron bridge where we ate a lunch. Continuing on, we arrived at Clifton at 1:30 p.m. and we were again disappointed for a while, as Bro. Lewis could not borrow the money. He felt very bad about it but we told him we would make out with what little we had, about $2.05. We then bid him goodby and walked over to the depot. Had not been there but a short time until he came over and said he had met a friend on the street and had borrowed $2.00 of him. We were very thankful for that.

After separating again, we went up to the restaurant and had a beefsteak for 10c each. Also sold the manager, Bro. J.E. Zcheck, a book and had a nice conversation with him. Came back to the depot. Bought a ticket for Morgan, 25c, and at 5:50 p.m. we took the train. At Morgan we made connection with the Texas Central. They would not recognize our clergy permit, so had to pay full fare to Hiko, 90c for 30 miles. Arriving there at 7:40, we started uptown to find a place to tarry. A man came along and asked us if we wanted a hotel. We made arrangement with him to get supper, bed, and breakfast for 75c for both of us. After a good supper, we retired to our room and laid down about 9 p.m. feeling quite tired after our day’s travel. Rested fine.

(To be continued)


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