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Fayette Friday – A Wedding

Letter transcription:

Elwood, Ind., Jan 23 1894

Dear Sister Lena:

I understand by your letter of yesterday that you fixed the hour for Thursday morning February 8th.

If I am still here I will come the day before, if at Thorntown I will arrive at Connersville at 5.17 a.m. Thursday, & return to Indianapolis on 10.25 train.

I do not have any idea that Etta can come but I will write her.

We have had over 30 added and great crowds every night. We had a meeting for men only last Sunday and the house was full.

With love to all

(You will hear further) Eugene

Connersville Daily Examiner, 1894-02-08, p. 4, cols. 2 & 4

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Lena’s Postcards #97 – Ina McGraw

[No postmark, date, or copyright marks]

Address: Mrs. John Hackleman, Connersville, Ind.

Dear Aunt Lena: We send
you best wishes for Xmas.
Hope this finds you both
well. Charles has just
gotten over the measles
and Eugene is breaking out
today. Mamma & Beulah have
both had grip but are better
now. Love to both from
Ina & family.

Hacklemans, Kerschners, and McGraws. John W. Hackleman is seated at the far left while Lena sits in the front. Ina McGraw is holding her son Charles McGraw behind Lena with her husband, Oliver McGraw, to her left. Her father, Daniel Kerschner is seated between John W. Hackleman and Oliver McGraw. He holds a squirmy Eugene McGraw. Ella Kerschner (Ina’s mother and Lena’s sister) sits at the far right. The two girls are Esther and Norma Strong, daughters of Clara Kerschner Strong. Photograph circa 1912.

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Lena’s Postcard #96 – Balzora Scofield

[Postmark: Sharpsville, Ind, 5 August [1912]]

Address: Mrs. J.W. Hackleman, R.R. No. 2, Connersville, Ind.

Sharpsville, Ind. Aug 4.12
My Dear Lena:—
It seems a long time since I
heard from you. I recently rec’d
from Clara, one of your PL pictures.
I am good. Laura & Frank enjoyed
seeing it as I did. Asked all
about you & Mr. H— They are in
average good health—Tho.—Frank
is not strong. Looks pale & thin, like
Sister Linda. Celia was here for
short visit in June—More like Celia,
[?] since before Mart’s death. Not
[?] Tell me how you & Ella are
in health. With love, Bal.

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 28 April 1891

Letter transcription:

Noblesville, Indiana, April 28th, 1891

Dear Sister Lena:

Yours of the 24th, just received, but as I was at Indianapolis yesterday it may have come sooner. I have not been feeling at all well for more than a month, I first had a severe cold for two weeks or more & then had trouble with my stomach. I can hardly say what is the matter, I took considerable unwholesome “dosing” to cure my cold, such as pepper-vinegar stews, lemons, & at the same time drinking too much coffee, & in this way, no doubt, got my stomach disordered. I have had no fever at any time, yet I feel almost past going most of the time. I was a good deal better the latter part of last week, & until yesterday afternoon, but feel indisposed again to-day.

Letter from Eugene B. Scofield, 28 April 1891

Having lost so much time from my elocution, I tried a lesson Monday & one Tuesday. Met Celia at Uncles, she said that Ella & the twins were at her house Sunday. Reported the babies as growing so fast & as looking so sweet in their short clothes. I should like so much to see them. She said that Dan is looking well also. We are very well pleased at Noblesville, my time will not expire until the close of the year. We have a crowded house every Sunday night. Our work goes on satisfactorally & I do not expect it to let up in the least. Kiss the little ones for me & tell them that I should be glad indeed to see all.

Love to Ella, Bal, & my best regards to Dan. & his Mother & Maria.
With much love, I am your brother Eugene.

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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, 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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