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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 9 March 1885

Letter transcription:

Dunreith Ind. March 5, 85

Dear Sister Lena;

Your kind letter was received some days ago and would have been answered ere this had I not been so busy. We are both enjoying good health this winter, Ettie makes her home at her Father’s; I have been out preaching every day, save four, this year. Ettie was with me some five weeks, and enjoyed herself very much.

Yes! we had a grand, good, meeting at Knightstown. After an absence of some four weeks, as I was here preaching and but five miles from there, I suddenly dropped in on them at their S. school

[page 2] yesterday and we had quite a joyful greeting. I preach for them next Lord’s Day.

We went from Knightstown to Summit on that cold, windy Tuesday. We had to drive over from K. to Dunreith to take the noon train. As the wind was from the west and to our back and we in a phaeton we did not get cold until when within a mile of here we came to a creek frozen over and impassable and compelled to turn about and face that forceful blizzard; we had not proceeded more than half a mile ere we concluded that to ride the mile and a half we had to go against the west wind [?] to freeze badly if not fatally, so we stopped at a Mr. Huddleson’s whose wife is a sister of Bro. Whitmere’s

[page 3] wife. I was not as cold as Ettie who had to thaw her fingers in icy-water to get anything like relief. After an half hour—good and warm—we resumed the uneven tenure of our way. The train at Newcastle from Connersville was some five hours belated and we had to wait from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thurs spending the coldest day of my recollection on a journey that might just as well have been postponed until a more pleasant day. Moral. “D’was better mine [?] you tont be too quick.”

After three days rest I went to Mechanicsburg. A little town 9 miles west of Summit–, I remained there three weeks having a splendid attendance and profound attention, two

[page 4] only were baptized. But we succeeded in organizing a little congregation composed of some of the best citizens of this county. Men and women of means and influence. They will proceed at once to build a church.

We are here just over Lord’s day, go to a schoolhouse half way between Summit and Newcastle this week.

I owe Ella a letter I think will write to her soon. I received on from Sherman. Kiss the babies for me. Give my love to all, would be glad to see all.

Lovingly Your Brother
Eugene

(write soon)

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 4 November 1884

Letter transcription:

Winchester Ind. Nov. 4 1884

Dear Sister Lena;

Your last letter was received in good time, and would have been answered long since but for contending circumstances and dearth of news. We are well—save a touch of piles on my part. I have been subject to some slight attack, of some nature, for two or three months.

I was at Muncie Saturday morning and learned from Minnie that little Clara was no better when she was down—How is she? Tell me all about her. Minnie also stated that the baby is awful good. How is She? We would like to see them—and all the folks. Ettie says every few days, that she wishes she lived where she could come up and spend the day frequently.

I presume Sherman is at C— by this time as he wrote me he would go to C— in time to vote. Tell him I will write soon.

The campaign has been very quiet here, only one big day since we came—and that not [page torn]

[page 2] We like the people here very much—everybody nice, wide-awake, up-to-the-times sort of folk. Our membership is not large, but I think we will have a large congregation here some time.

The 24th of this month I am going to Dunrith, Henry Co. to hold a two weeks meeting, I conducted a successful meeting there last year.

We expect Bal. to visit us soon. Would be glad to have you come sometime, whenever you can. Was sorry to learn (from Minnie) that you are having chills again—trust you will soon get rid of them. Dr. Spurgeon has a prescription that he says will never fail to break the chills. I think I could procure if for you if you want to try it. It will do its work in 48 hours at the most.

We had a fire near here last night, tile mill.

This is election day and I have had my say. We are having a typical November day—Damp—Sunny—then cold & windy, just like the “old days” when we hauled in our fodder or corn crop.

Dinner is near ready—I am tired writing and must close. Ettie sends love. Give our love Ella—Dan and all.

With much love

Your Brother Eugene

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How sad was the sudden death of Cousin Alice—So many die this year—we know not who will be the next. We should remember the Savior’s words, “Be ye ready.” We should ever be prepared for our time may be near at hand. E.B.S.

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Fayette Friday – Eugust B. Scofield, 7 July 1884

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. July 6 7-84

Dear Sister Lena:

I believe you owe me a letter nevertheless I will write another. We have been getting along nicely every since the advent of the boy. Ettie is getting quite strong again, and the little one is as hearty as could be desired. He was much indisposed for the first two or three weeks but since that time has been well. However the little fellow was very fretful yesterday, last night, and this morning, sleeping very little of the time, but as he is now sleeping we hope he will get a little rest.

We kept a girl two weeks, the first week she worked as nice as a new

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broom, but as soon as Ettie got up she wanted to be on the run every afternoon, so we gave her a dismissal, and I took the kitchen chambermaid, nurse, and general household work until Ettie was able to assist me. We got along finely.

There is little news for me to impart. I am about to change my field of labor on account of financial depression here. Just what work I will take up I know not positively, I have several in view, and arrangements partially made.

Minnie and A.J. are well. A.J. went to Indianapolis this morning.

We had a big 4th here. Roasted ox, etc., etc. Grand fireworks in the eve. Two negro women seriously if not fatally injured by the explosion of a rocket not far from where we stood.

Love to all—Ettie sends love write soon—
Your Brother Eugene

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Ettie bought a ratan cab-parasol top, and as she did not like the black she is covering it with satine, I enclose a sample.

 

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 8 April 1884

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. April 8, 1884

Dear Sister Lena

Yours came to hand in due time. I am truly happy to learn that your health is improving, and that you are so much stronger than in the past. We are well. I have seen A.J. since his return and he says he enjoyed Beacher’s lecture very much.
It is snowing this morning. Yesterday was election day in our city—everything was quiet.
Last Sunday week I spent at Winchester—had a good time. On Monday following I went down to a church 10 miles in the country to preach a

[page 2] funeral, Ettie accompanied me.
10th 1 p.m.
I was interrupted at this point, my sheet has been neglected.
We were at Minnie’s a few minutes last eve. She is coming to spend the afternoon with Ettie.
We are getting along nicely in our church work. 15 have been added to our number this year. Last Lords-day Sister Highland’s and her daughter Carrie united by letter. In this week’s “Standard,” is an obituary of her husband.
Yesterday and the day before the Women’s Christian Temperance Union held a district convention in this city, quite a number were in attendance.
Tomorrow night the public schools of the city will give an entertainment in the High S hall for the benefit of the city—

[page 3] library. The school children are canvassing the town for purchasers of their tickets. Several pairs of the little “scouts” have dropped in on us, besides several one’s. I think it will be a success. 10 cts.
I see by the “Enquirer,” that Elix Morrison has been elected to fill the place of Squire Dale. And that Press Kensler is the Republican nominee for county treasurer. And I suppose “he will get there Ely!”
I received a copy of the “times” a few week ago, if you sent it accept thanks. Send more.
Would like to see all of you but under the present management finances are not found on the public highway.
We had a fearful storm 7 miles south of us last week. I have not visited the ruins.

[page 4] but think I will go tomorrow.
I received a letter from Bro. Wiles yesterday, and was glad to know that the Church at Springersville is growing so fast.
Some miserable incendiary nailed the doors of a fine barn, several miles above this city, a few evening since, then set fire in each manger, and some 8 or 9 horses perished in the barn as none could be gotten out.
Is Sherman in C— yet. Give my love to all. Ettie sends love. Write soon,
Your Brother
E.B. Scofield

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Fayette Friday – Eudora Scofield, 10 February 1884

Letter transcription:

Bloomington Ill Feb. 10th/84
Miss Lena Scofield
Connersville Ind.

Dear Aunt: This morning I gought be at church, but as I kneed rest I think it is just as proftible to stay home. I go every Sunday when I feel well. I have not missed going before this year. I will try to make the present seem like you was here listening to me talk [so do not ask any questions

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until I get through]
I was home first week New Year, mended my clothes and made over a dress & new skirts for a blush basque I wore last winter. The next week, I went to clerk in store with “James.” As [I did not like the other place]. [I was there two weeks, then I stayed home two weeks while trade was dull. I sewed during this time I was from the store and cleaned house, also returned calls and visits I owed—

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to friends, but the past week I have been clerk at same place with James [I will stope to give the name of our store is “The Bee Hive.” We handle all kinds dry goods mostly notions. It is one block from “Court house” south and across the street from the P.O. south East.] I will go back again this week, may be off after this week again for two weeks, then after that I will be there permently for spring & summer trade. I like clerking

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real well. James is one Head oner of the store, The boss [excuse the expression] which is shortest] said I was best sales lady in store. I sold more goods the first two weeks than any other lady in store. I find my time so taken up sometime I think I can not take time to eat. You know about the meetings of our church through the day on Sunday beside the

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mission school in afternoon. I attend so you see how this day is usual spent by me when I am well. On Monday evening is our Teacher’s meeting and Normal class meeting. Wedsday night prayer meeting night. Friday night is Literary & Musical night at Wensleyan University. When I am at the store I stay there on Saterday nights until ten Oclock

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you see I only have two nights for myself and take Tuesday nights to do my share ironing. The one night left I have company or go some place, sometimes to Library.
The skating rink here is quite a noted place for amusement. LeRoy Orthur & Minnie & James can skate alone. I have never tried much. I can skate with partner, but not alone. I feel it is spending to much money to skate, for it is so

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easly forgotten and often injuries persons more than they rece’d good for a young man died by over heating himself there.
Yesterday the New gas house caught on fire, caused great deal loss of light, but as it happen we had light of old gas. We have also electric light suspended in our streets. That was heary loss in burning of that furniture building in Connersville. I suppose there is many changes made there since

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we left. I think though the prittest part of the City there must be the northern now. I read in Connersville paper that J. K. would move soon in his new house, is that true or is he married. I suppose by that he was. How is Will Kliring and Elle [Enyart’s] used to be] how is her baby? is it pretty? I feel real sorry to hear about Jessie V. that she did not do better in

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marriage. What Stewart sent his regards to me. was is young George Stewart that married Schull girl? I went to see him at Fowler Ind. where I went to see my friend Tilla L. last summer year ago. I am keeping company with a gent who has attend the Valparaiso school and has met Had. S. I would like to see R. H. S. and other friends I once knew. Do you

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ever see Jonnie Curtain and wife? Who did Ed Campel marry? Give my love to Minnie Willes & Florence. I would like to them both. Minnie was so sweet when I knew her. I often think of the time when we eat at school together. I may make a visit among you all this year. If I keep at clerking I want you to speak to Aunt Mary for me and remember me to her. give her my regards and also to Aunt Ella & others

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who inquire of me. I hope you are well. I have enjoyed the company of many friends you & I did once go with together that night we were to a party at Cashmer’s for one place, others I kneed not mention, etc. I hope Uncle Sherman will call and spend a week or more with us when he goes west. I do enjoy his letters so much. It did me good to have him come to see us for I did want to see some one from “home.” Why don’t you

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go west with him. I would if I were you. For it would be better for you to go away and see the world. enjoy the different scenery of the different land. I expect to go more if health permits. I have made me a beautiful crazy silk cushion and am making a plush one, can you send me two or three small pieces to put in it? I will close to wash the dishes

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I will close this letter—hoping to hear from you soon. Your Neice.
Eudora R.S.

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, December 26, 1883

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. Dec. 26/83

Dear Sister Lena,

I have for a long time been owing you a letter; for reasons poor but still not insignificant I have not written much in the way of correspondence for some months yet hope to do better in future.

Lee is here—came yesterday—May is also here—came last Saturday—We all four took turkey at Adamsons yesterday—Dr. S. & his wife, her father & mother, and a Miss Wilmorth [?] of [?] were there also, left soon after dinner as Ettie’s Pa & Ma came up on the noon train. Ma and Guy are still here, but will leave this 2 p.m.

[page 2] Christmas eve we had an entertainment at the church—everything went off so nice—the house was crowded.

Last night we all went to the M.E. S.S. entertainment, they had a full house also

11 a.m.
Just here five young fellows came in to see Lee & May, staid five minutes and went to the next place, Ludlows.

Immediately after dinner we four will go to the gallery on the corner one square from here and get four gems[?] of the group.

Lee & May will sleigh ride this afternoon.

Ankah Bowman will be up Friday and stay with Ettie while I go to Dunreith to hold a weeks meeting.

[Remaining pages of the letter are missing]

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Fayette Friday – Euguene B. Scofield, September 4, 1883

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. Sept. 4, 83’ 7 p.m.

Dear Sister

Ettie & Lin were out together this afternoon and Lin told Ettie that she had written you not to come to Muncie at present as she had had much company of late.

Come and visit us anyway—Ettie wants you to come and so do I. You can visit us and have a good time here, if Lin is tired. Sherman has gone to work in C— and is boarding at Josh Greer’s. Ettie send love and say come. Love to all Eugene. Answer on receipt.

 

[Editor’s note: Lin may be Lena and Eugene’s older half sister Malinda (Scofield) Claypool, who lived in Muncie. I have also seen Malinda possibly referred to as Minnie. This envelope was addressed to Lena in Kokomo where she was apparently staying with another brother Frank.] 

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Fayette Friday – Eugene Scofield, June 27, 1883

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. June 27/83

Dear Sister;

I don’t know just whose turn it is to write but make an endeavour to make myself heard from. We are both enjoying excellent health and are doing as well every way as can be desired. The Church here is moving on nicely, we have fair audirnces [sic] and good attention. Last week we had a festival at Sister Avrights, all went merrily.
But you no doubt wonder why we did not come down as we intended. Just one plain reason – it would have cost so much. The rates would have been four ct’s a mile each way for I can get no half fare, nor round

[page 2] trip tickets from Newcastle to C– anymore since the trains have changed. You know my financial condition—and I shall spend as little as possible until I am out of debt. I may come to C– any time, but will not disappoint you by false alarms anymore.
I regret that we did not get down last week—and Ettie wanted to go also as bad as myself—but it would have cost us between $4 and $5 and we couldn’t stand it now.
I received a letter from Sherman several days ago—but he said nothing of himself, but I presume he is well.
Have not heard from Bal. for a month or so. Had a letter from Lee several weeks since and must answer soon.
Tell Ella that I am sorry I could not come down for I want

[page 3] so much to see her “sweet baby.” Kiss it for me and give Frank a “buster” on my behalf.
I will leave the rest for Ettie to tell as she can handle news better than I. Love to all. Tell Ella that I am waiting for a letter from her; write soon,

Your Brother Eugene

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Dear Sister: Gene said he would leave the rest for me to tell but do not think there is any “rest” to tell. We spend last week at home I stayed one night with Allie & Gertie Ice spent one day with Ankah Bowman then she and I went and stayed all night with Jennie Bouslog had a very pleasant visit. Presume you know that Dr. Jackson and Jes Ice are married. They live at Jessie’s old home by the R.R. Lu lives with them and the

[page 4] boys went to live with their Father & Step-mother on the farm. Mr. Ice gave Lu the piano and Jes the bedroom set. he took all the parlour furniture the Dr. has his office in the parlor. I guess this is about all the change there has been at Summit since you was there. I like Muncie much better since we moved. I have one of the best neighbors. I never met any one I liked better there is two families live in the same yard I like both of them very much you remember Mrs. Harchy that called on us that we did not like she was in often after you left and I like her so much she is coming down one evening this week. Dr. Spurgeon is building a new house on the north end of the church lot. Will close this scribbling answer soon and tell us all the news.

Your loving sister Ettie
Love to all.

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, May 22, 1883

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. May 22-83

Dear Sister Lena;

As it has been some time since I have written it would seem like I should have much to say, yet I scarcely know where to begin. Yesterday I returned from Hillsboro through a good old fashioned snow storm. May and Ettie had returned from their Aunt’s, and on my return were at home. May’s school will be out in about three weeks. She seems to be having a good time here.

As I told you in my postal last week we have moved. We have a nice house very much like the other, yet more convenient. Parlor in front, same as before, sitting room little smaller than the other—with bay window, front bed-room out of it, and door leading into dining room, door out of dining room into bed room and

[page 2] also one into kitche, door out of kitchen into woodhouse. We have every thing in order and once more feel at home. We are but 4 squares from Minnie’s, 5 from the Church, 5 from the Post-Office and 3 from the Depot. We live just in the rear of the School house.

I could not be better pleased than in Muncie. The Church here is getting along well. We have as good attendance as the average audience at home when Bro. Robertson was there. Our S-School on the average is about 100. We have teachers meeting each Tuesday eve. As far as society is concerned we have had but little since we have been here.

Tomorrow eve there is to be a social at the Shady Sick Hotel given for the benefit of the Church. I fear it will be a very bad evening, I shall do my

[page 3] best at the Teachers meeting tonight to have it postponed.

When Lin returned she said you were so very lonesome where you are. Now I do not wonder at its being thus, and there is no one for whom I feel so much as for you. But I don’t think you would do much better anywhere than there. You will never find a better friend than Ella and this world has few men better than Dan. I do not know about the work you have to do. But this much let me say, the pure air, and the quiet will do more than anything else in the world to make you stout. You could never stand the confinement of a store or a shop, unless you become stronger. I trust that as Summer comes you will enjoy yourself better, and that when this reaches you it will find you in good spirits. This is very cold

[page 4] weather for this season of the year but I hope it will soon be Summer.

Dr. Jackson and Jessie Lee were married last Wednesday night. Chrushed strawberry and broadcloth.

Dr. S— seems to be going quietly along. Never says anything or does anything worthy of remark.

I have no news in particular I wish you here awhile this time of year. Ettie says you would have had a great deal better time if you had have come in warm weather. I hope that the next time you visit us it will be when we can entertain you better.

Give my love to all. Tell Ella I should love to kiss the Baby this morning. Tell her I am looking for her letter. Write soon

Your Brother Eugene

P.S. Are you using the old sitting room carpet, if not we should like to have it

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[top of page 1] answer the purpose. Just one more question; What is the medicine you used to purify the Liver Ettie thinks she would like to use some, please let me know soon. Yours E—

[between pages 2-3] Ettie said for me to send her love—so here it is—

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, March 23, 1883

Letter transcription:

Muncie 3/23/83

Dear Sister Lena;

I will, while writing to Ella send you a few lines by same stamp. Dr. Jackson was up and took dinner with us Wednesday. There was a large attendance at the funeral of Sister Muths, the funeral was preached at the Church. I went to the country night before last, and as the Director of the school house would not give up the key with written word from Trustee, I did not preach. But on yesterday morning we got a key from the Trustee and I will go back next Tuesday. Wednesday week ago Dr. Spurgeon and I went into the country some three miles from town to marry a couple. We had a good

[page 2] time. The Dr. said that some time ago he found a girl he thought would make a good wife, but that he found her to be the wrong one for him. I suppose he meant Miss Bartholamew. He said he intended to marry when he thought he would better himself.

I received your card last night. Received a letter from Bal. [tear in paper] are well. Have more on hand than I can get through with. Have had a cold for two weeks and it makes my head-ache most all the time. Your writing on postal cards is so erased that I cannot make out what you say either about A.J. & M—or about the Dr. The Dr. told me that the same day that he send a letter to you, he received one from you.

Write at once and ask your questions again. Ettie sends love.

Your Brother Eugene

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