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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 4 October 1886

Letter transcription:

Meade Center, Kas. Oct. 4, 1886

Sister Lena;

Dear Sister; I have been owing you a letter for some time and will improve the present opportunity. As you will see I am way out here in south western Kansas, am here to preach and am getting along finely, last evening the new Church was full to overflowing and quite an interest is being manifested. Two have been added since we began—a week ago yesterday.

I left home Wednesday morning Sept. 22 at 6 a.m. and was met at the Depot at Bloomington by Minnie, and as the cars were very much crowded I thought best to accept the invitation to remain over night. Thad. has suffered very much for several months with a sore eye. He had his eye ball cut some six months ago. He had gone to work for the first time in months the week I saw him. His children (Lee Roy Excepted) are all doing well. Arther is a model of a young man, and Minnie is a real lady. No one could change more than has El [Eldora].

I staid home with Thad Wednesday night while the rest went to prayer meeting. We had a long talk which

 

[page 2] I enjoyed very much. On Thursday morning I resumed my journey arriving in Kansas City too late for the train west and put up at a hotel for the night. At 10 a.m. I took the train and crossed the State of Kan. by daylight arriving at Dodge City several hours late at 2 a.m. and went to bed. At 8 a.m. I again took up my moving tent and for 9 hours wended my way over the great Buffalo plains of the Southwest arriving at my destination at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thus you see I made my journey of 1,000 miles mostly by daylight. I had traveled most of the road from New Castle to Bloomington along which there are very few objects of interest, save Wabash River which is lovely this season of the year. On my journey crossed the Wabash, the Illinois, the Mosouri and the Kansas and Arkansas all about the same size. at 2:30 p.m. the 24th I crossed the Great Mississippi River at Louisianna Mo. It is as clear as White Water, and greatly in contrast to the muddy Mo. River.

Kan. has suffered from a drouth this year yet in the eastern part of the state the crops look fair, at least the corn in the field, and out here the corn, oats, millet & cane

[page 3] look very fine. The cattle in all parts of the country are looking well as are the horses and sheep, hogs are a scarce article.

This is one of the finest counties in the State. One year and a half ago there was not a house where the Co. seat now is, now there are 800 or 900 people. A quarter section bought of the U.S. two years ago just north of the present town for $200 is now worth $12,000 and quarters all over the County are ranging from $800 to $3,000 and $800 piece is generally much broken but good pasture land. Keep it in the family—I bought a half section of as fine land as there is in Kan. last Saturday. It is 12 miles out, but that will not affect in 10 years from now, and does not affect it much now. By the help of my friends here I got it at a big bargain from parties auctions to sell, and have just been offered $500 for my bargain—but no. It lies to the south west of here. See map. Please say little about it.

Right here the Buffalo roamed not more than 4 or 5 years ago. I have seen hundreds of prairie-dogs and now and then a Jack-rabbit, as large as a small dog. Deer still

 

[page 4] and few miles west of here the wild-horse.

Well I guess I have told all of interest save it should be about domestic matters. The houses here are all small. In the country most of them are made of sod, and when plastered outside and in are very cozy—but not many are thus finished. The most of the people are industrious and honest. They leave doors unlocked, and are seldom troubled with thieves.

They are chiefly from Indiana, Ill., Ohio and Mo. as named in proportion of numbers.

Give my regards and these presents to Dan. My love to Ella and the Babies and also to Bal. & all.

Lovingly Your Brother
Eugene B. S.

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 6 October 1885

Letter transcription:

New Castle, Ind. Oct. 6. 1885

Dear Sister Lena;

I am indebted to you, to Ella, to Zora, and to Sherman and perhaps to Minnie, for kind missives received somewhere in the remote past, so long ago that without reference to my “Column of Correspondents” I could by no manner of means locate their timely arrivals.

First and foremost—we are well: O what a boon is good health while so many of our acquaintance are stricken with the harsh hand of disease, and many fall victems of death; God spares our lives and blesses us with health. I trust you are well, and that Ella and all

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hers are in good health.

There is quite a number of cases of Typhoid fever in this country this fall. A young man by the name of Peacock, who worked the summer for Ettie’s Pa is down with it and, if not now dead is not expected to live.

Bertha Hartche, of Muncie, you remember her, was not expected to live the middle of last week, we don’t know whether she is still alive or not.

I was preaching in Clarke Co. when I was to have been at the S.S. celebration, as you perhaps recollect, and when there a good old Brother of ample means offered to pay all expenses if I would bring my wife down and visit them and attend the Southern Exposition at Louisville, I was to preach a couple of nights as an equivalent to expenses.

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When I came home Ettie at once approved of the arrangement—who would not. On my return from my ten days absence Ettie was at her father’s, and as made known to her the proposed trip she invited May to go with us which arrangement was finally consummated making the trip so much pleasanter for Ettie.

We left here on Monday morning and went direct to Bro. Gibsons who lives at Gibson Station eight miles from Jeffersonville on the Ohio & Miss R.R. We went by way of Indianapolis, and as we had a few hours there we visited the State House—there is quite a number of marble and granite columns in the corider—‘twil be grand when finished. We also visited Mortens Monument in the Circle Park.

We had a grand, good time the girls said they never visited a place that paid better than this visit.

But I cannot further describe our trip this time as I must lose [leave?]

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Before closing however.—I spent a couple of weeks at Blountsville holding a meeting—staid all night during first week with a Mr. Barr whose wife is a niece of Charley Booe’s Mother—fine folks—big noses like the Booe’s & Moffetts—

On Monday 28 ult Mr. & Mrs. Booe and Mrs. Roysden were at church. As a [I] went to shake hands with Mr. B. supposing him to be a resident (as were the several others I met as I steped into the church) I was in for letting go his hand but he held on until finally I looked up to see why he didn’t let go—well you may imagine my astonishment.

I must close. I have been interrupted and did not get this done as above date. Sally Smith is here canvassing for something called yestar. I am going to Cleaveland Ohio to Conventions—see Standard. Ettie is just finishing Lou’s ricrac—

Love to all—Your Brother Eugene S.

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P.S. Am out of ink.

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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 – 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

[different handwriting]
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, 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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Fayette Friday – Rev. Eugene B. Scofield, 22 February 1884

[Editor’s Note: While researching the details of this letter, I realized that Eugene put the wrong year on his letter. Records show that Milton Highlands died in 1884, and Jim Harvey and Lulu Ice married that same year. It makes you wonder what Eugene was thinking when he dated his letter 1882!]

Letter transcription:

Muncie Ind. Feb. 22/82 [sic 1884]

Dear Sister Lena;

Your kind letter was received some time ago, but you must pardon my delay as I have been rushed for the last few weeks. We are well. We took dinner at Lin’s yesterday. Bal has been here two week-is spending a few days at Lin’s.-She had a bad head-ache yesterday. She will stay several days longer.

There is not much going on for me to impart in way of news.

Last Sunday I officiated at a funeral under the most trying circumstances. The proprietor of the Gas Works here-S.M. Highlands went into partnership with his brother Milton, of Mechanicstown, Ohio, to purchase the Marion (Ind)

[page 2] Gas Works. Milton left his home in Dec. for Marion, and was there when, on Jan. 3 his house (in Ohio) burned down burning two of his children to ashes, and burning another a young girl of about 18 so bad that she is still in care of the Doctor. In the latter part of Jan., he came here to his brothers with his wife and two children (the other 8 years old who has been having the measles ever since they came). He was compelled to look after the works at Marion, and would come home frequently to see his sick; In so doing he contracted a cold it settled into lung fever from which he died last Thursday night 8 p.m. He and his wife were both members of the Church – they had been to church Sunday 2 weeks before last – she sent for me the evening he died just after I returned from prayer meeting

[page 3 ] I went around but it was difficult to render any comfort. A large number attended the funeral.

I am sorry to learn that you still have to take medicine trust you will not have to do so long.

I would like much to see Frank and the baby as well as all the rest –

Yes I knew the – – one you inquired about, he seems to be rather on the bachelor list, first rate fellow I guess.

I saw Ed. Luther in Indianapolis a month ago. He looks well, wears spectacles, don’t look much older than he did 8 years ago. He lives at Anderson.

A few weeks ago I borrowed a two horse rig of Bro. Quick, and Ellie, Grace Wilson & I went to Summit on on the snow, Staid over night, came home next day.

[page 4] Ettie gave me a pair of slippers for Chris[t]mas present that and a pair of cuff buttons from the Sunday School was all I got. I gave her a nice album, a little scrap-book and her mother gave her a nice toilet set. She gave her Pa, a cup & saucer, and her Ma a tile to set a coffee pot on.

The above is our Christmas.

We took dinner at Adamsons; May and Lee were here and they went too. Lou Ice and Jim Harvey will be married Mar. 5 Joe Clawson and Lavara Harvey were married a couple of weeks ago. They had a dance on that occasion.

I would like to come down but don’t know when I will.

Write oftener. Tell Ella she owes me a letter.

Love to All – hastily

Your Brother E. B. Scofield

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Lena’s Postcards #53

Postmark:
Sharpsville, Indiana, 20 June 1921, 3 PM

Addressed to:
Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
923 Fayette St.
Connersville
Ind.

Message:
Dear Lena:
Am just getting up from worst illness I’ve had in years. 2 week critically ill, now creep about house when not laying down – Still taking my medicine – glad to have your letter. Frank is about [?]ke Mr. H. with Love
Bal.


John and Lena Hackleman lived at 923 Fayette Street in Connersville for several years. In 1935, there was a fire in the house. I do not know if the house was salvageable. Regardless, the street is no longer residential as the photograph from Google street view shows.

923 Fayette Street

Image courtesy of Google street view.

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Lena’s Postcards #49

Postmark:
Sharpsville, Indiana, December 24, 1917

Addressed to:
Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
R. Route 2
Connersville
Ind.

Message:
Dear Sister Lena, We have looked to hear from you for months. Maybe it’s as hard for you to write as for me. Life is hard these days and all three growing old & in poor health. Would be glad very glad to hear from you. We join in sending love & Christmas wishes –
Lovingly Bal

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Lena’s Postcards #40

Postmark:
Sharpsville, Indiana, December 21, 1915

Addressed to:
Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
R.R. No 2.
Connersville
Ind.

Message:
My Dear Lena: It seems an age since I heard from you. Frank & Laura are not well & growing in yrs – so it takes all our efforts to pull through. I plan to write but as to [?] out when time come. I had a fine letter from Clara today, with Esther’s picture. Glad to have both. I would certainly appreciate a letter from you. Trust you & Mr. H. are in usual health. I will have a fine Xmas. Frank & Laura send Love – Lovingly – Bal 12-20-15

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Lena’s Postcards #36

Postmark:
December 22, 1913, 9AM, Sharpsville, Indiana

Addressed to:
Mrs. J.W. Hackleman
Connersville, Ind
R. Route No. 2

Message:
E.B. ?? My[-?-]stie Publishing Co. Ind. [?]
Dear Lena: Another Year and I am still in S.ville [Sharpsville] doing my best to “help along.” Am anxious to hear from you. Thanks for your card. Mattie wrote me about Aunt Lou Kel[?]. Ella Y. is in Chicago to be operated upon. With love from all & much from Bal. 12.21.13

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