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Lena’s Postcards #72 – Eudora (Scofield) Condon, 1923

[Postmark December 22, 1923, Bloomington, Illinois]

Address: Mrs. Lena Hackleman, Connerville, Ind. [923 Fayette St written in pencil in different handwriting]

Dear Aunt Lena,
Are you alive
write me
Lovingly,
Eurdora R. Condon
1219 W. Elm St.
Bloomington. Ill

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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 – 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 – Eudora R. Scofield, January 9, 1883

Letter transcription:

Bloomington Ill. Jan 9th 1883.
Miss Lena Scofield
Connersville Ind.

Dear Aunt Lena:

Perhaps you think less of me for not being more prompt in Answering. O! it so hard for me to write any more. I would be pleased to get letter from you every week and I do hope we will commence [?] to do. I write as often to you as any body. I am so home sick all time that I can hardly live. You can see great many changes there I suppose. I wish I could get a look once more of “home,” You

[page 2] ought to see us. I am going to be the smallest. LeRoy & James are so large and Minnie would scare you. She is every way larger than I am. Floy is just as nice & sweet as ever. Little Taddie is waring [wearing] pants and to keep his feet dry—we were forced to buy him rubber boots. “He will coast with neighbor boys,” he is out half time this bitter cold weather, when he is in doors every thing takes tumble—after he leaves house looks like whirl wind had pass through. Then he is quick smart (can sware little) [to much]. He does now not much, but for awhile Ma could not do anything with him, she would call him home and talk to him—he would listen while she talked, then after she thought he would be alright

[page 3] he would look at her and laugh—say same thing over, before he got off porch. O we did have time with him for awhile. He is a pretty child. The boys spoils him. Orthar is growing—He is little [?]fied yet. His dimples stays with him. How did you enjoy Christmas? And you remember the New Years surprise at our house. Now I often think of the beautiful times we have had together. I heard Aunt Ella had baby is it so—If boy name it Frankie—ask [?] Ross why I like the name. Or Wilbur I went with a splendid young man by name “Wilbur May” last winter. I rece’d for Christmas gifts—a silk handkerchief from Mr. S. A book—“Byron’s peoms”—from Mr. K A Christmas card—from Mr. T Also card from one [?] scholars. I have class

[page 4] in Christian school numbering twelve boys. At Mission in after=noon I has six girls. So you see Sunday is laboring day for me also. I clerked at [?] store during Hollidays, and bought me new dress which I finished last Saterday week ago. [casmire skirt and plush basque] Do you ever see R.N.S.? I wish he would write: tell where he is. He got mad. I think over a yellow envelope but he sent me one—[Perhaps through a mistake] but I sent him home back. Never heard of him since. Does J.K. drink yet? Who did Charles Robinson marry? I wish you was near I would divide my New Year’s candy with you. I am making me silk quilt send me piece of your silk dresses the pattern is log cabin (in strips) you know.

[to page 1] I do not know much to tell that would interest you. We are all well. The protracted meeting begin here next week. This week is week of prayer here—This after=noon the meeting was at our church—The people will meet in different churches this week. I went this after=noon. Have some place to go every evening if I could have time to go. LeRoy and Minnie takes music [instrumental] lessons of Miss Wolcott. I could if I would

[top of page 4] but I will not for two Scofield is enough in one family. James goes to night school. Minnie and Floy goes to day school. I did start to study latin but my teacher, had company from Ind and so I would not intrude so I have let it go by. I close with love to you and all inquiring friends.

[top of page 3] Do you ever see Jessie Pennington? She owes me letter tell her. Do you ever see Eva Barnard who does she go with?

[top of page 2] From your Neice,

Eudora R. Scofield

 

 

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Fayette Friday – Eudora Scofield, July 14, 1882

Letter transcription:

Bloomington, Ill. 7/14/82
Miss Lena Scofield
Connersville Ind.

Dear Aunt:

This evening while I have few leisure moments to write I will try to answer your letter, I want you to write oftener for you can tell me more than any other person there. “James” rece’d a letter from Chas. Gilchrist this week – They moving off the Hill makes another great change there. Is Fannie & Conn living in the country yet? I suppose her baby is quite a large boy now.

[page 2] We live in a very pretty place. The porch extend along the front of the house and is high. I am even sitting on tip stelps. The front faces the east. The family are all well and all at the table but me. Minnie is calling me to supper, so I must go. I have eat my supper and made a call and entertained three callers who have just left.—They are now old acquaintances—have known them since the first time I cane in City. Last night—my fellow came, he will leave the city tomorrow—how lonesome I will be—You ought to try to come to see me soon. I think now that I cannot come to see you all very soon. “I would if I could.”

 

[page 3] I’ve have had little Tad picture taken and is just like him. Thaddie is smart—he does not act like a baby three years old—more like a boy twelve. He always his hat on back part his head and he came in the other day in that way—said to Ma [Can I have the can?] Ma said not a word, then he said, [I’ll bring it back!] [I won’t brake it, when I get done with it I’ll bring it back.] He looked so straight at Ma, his eyes were sparkling. We think him a great boy. He must always walks so important. He had to sit three times to get his picture, for when we asked him to look, he would raise on his tip toes. When ever he

[page 4] does anything he ought not too he goes to Ma [says] Ma I want to kiss you. She of course must give up—and laughs. Minnie has grown so much and Floy is taller not so fleshy. James is very tall I can stand under his arm. And Lee is as tall but very heavy large. I feel so small beside them. This is yesterday after-noon I will finish my letter—I got sleepy last night before I could wri finish. I wish you was here to go up town with me. I am so home sick. The teachers institute is going on now. Why can’t you come soon, if you don’t I will die. Sure, it will not cost much and not take

 

[page 5] long to come. Start here at half past Seven and get to Indianapolis at half past Eleven in night—get to rest there one hour before you could start for B. Then arrive here at half past five in morning. I would meet you at Depo—which is only two blocks from where we live. You I know would enjoy the visit we live in a very pleasant place—we have five rooms & kitchen—I am now in “parlor.” I wish I had your picture please send me one. I am going to get mine taken next week. I had mine taken with a friend here but mine is not good so I will not send you one of them. All the boys are working—and Pa. Lee

[page 6] is is commission business for himself. “James” is clerking in Notion & Millinary store, but [?] like any thing at “home” on larger scale. James gets four & half a week. Lee makes sometimes five dollars a day and Pa make four dollars a day and Arthur he has been living in country but came home the “fourth” to day this summer, he is selling paper & now until he can get business to work which pays more. I am going to clerk in fall or soon as I can get a place—All girls work here the Vanbuskirk girls clerk when they can—but now it is dullest time. The girls here which are highly respected and go in best society clerk—clothe themselves and do safe some besides. I live to clerk. Hope

[top of page five] you will write me a letter soon. I want you to give my love to all Pa’s folks and keep a share for yourself. I have not heard from my friends only as you tell me. I would like to see [?]

Yours lovingly
Eudora R. Scofield

[top of page one] I sent two of Thad’s pictures one for Aunt Minnie

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Fayette Friday – Eudora Scofield, February 4, 1882

Letter transcription:

Bloomington Ill. Feb 4th/82
Miss Lena Scofield
“On the Hill, Ind.”

Dear Aunt: This is Saturday eve. “Wont it seem quear,” to write on this day of the week. If I was there it would be so different: from this but I generally go to the “Wesleyan” on Friday eve. and on Saterday after noon I spend my time in library so in evening I half [have] to study my S. School lessons. Then we live twelve blocks from “Court house,” which being so far. It is not safe for young lady to go out alone. I have given

[page 2]  up all hopes of ever getting to live back there. You must come out the first chance “you get” to see me. John ever told you I had a fellow—is mistaken—“I think.” I will confess thought that I do think very much of a friend here. “He is a daisy.” But when I get a fellow I will let you know. I go once in a while with young men to church and concerts. And when I go to socials I think very much of some one in Ind. “You can guess.” I was so glad to hear from you and your letters are liked better [by me] than any letters I get from Connersville for you tell me about persons I like there. Tell Ella Enyart Thomas I would eat her

[page 3] baby up if I only could be near enough. I always liked Ella and will remember her as often as I get a chance. You ought not to let C.L. win some body else heart. I know that house is large enough for you & him. “Well some girls are hard to please.” Did you ever speak a good word to D.L. for me. I want you too. (Oblige me) (Just once) When do you ever see R.H.S.? Next time you speak to him please tell him my address is “808 South Lee St. Bloomington Ill” Also I send best wishes and regards. O if you was here how we could talk. I don’t much anymore. You would not know if you was where I could be in view—or hearing

[page 4] distance. Well by site you would but by my voice. I cannot be gay here although I have acquaintances that are very nice and sociable girls. I left there when just in my brightest years or the beginning of my brightest years—and before in full glance they were blasted. So now I feel very much like I would like to live back there but no one here knows it so it is and will be I suppose. I don’t like to write since came here, for I would rather talk with you sometimes I try to write and get to feeling so bad I cannot finish my letter so this is the way letters are left.

[page 5] unanswered. Hope to hear from you as often as you can find time to write. What did you get for a Christmas present? I did not get anything only what I made. O yes Minnie made me a collar and during Hollidays I clerked at the Liberty mine de. store [?]. Then made myself a new black cashmere dress for New Years present—it is the first new dress I have had since come to B. except one gingham dress. Ma went out riding last Thursday and seen more than she has since came here. She went out west—the city where she had a view of the Fair grounds and passed car shops

[page 6] The Western “Depo”—Nearby is one [of] the largest flour mills & miller “there” I am interest by. He is twenty four. How do you think you would like a miller? Ma then rode north—went pass the “Stand pipe” and took a view of “Normal City.”  She then drove south to the “grave yard” drove through it. She said it was a beautiful place, laid in a natural forest, and the most magnificent monuments stood there. It is some place I have never been yet. Last summer we had so much sickness that we did not get out any place. When you come to see us we will go up to the stand pipe and over to “Normal,” could go for three weeks and not see all. I hope ou will come out to see us soon. I am

[top page 5] waiting patiently. Give my love to all persons who inquire of me and the best love I send to you. “Answer soon”

Your Niece
Eudora Scofield

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Fayette Friday – Eudora Scofield #3

Letter transcription:

Bloomington Ill. May 25th 1881
Miss Lena Scofield
Connersville Ind

Dear Aunt: Now I don’t know wheather you are married or not, But if so, I know once your name was “Schofield.” You ask me to remember you—I think a day has not past since we parted. That I have not thought of you. Every day something occurs which reminds me of the good old times we have enjoyed together. Last Thirsday eve we gave a “social” at our church. I thought of when

[page 2] we had one in our church and the Rev. W. K. was there what a time we had. & then again while the band was playing Saterday eve “—when at home” we would meet every body al[?]—chat to the “Johns” & “Jamie” “Cliffords” “Frosts” “Harlans” others to numerous to mension. O—yes—don’t you remember at Jennie B.’s “party”—wonder if Jennie is still afraid to sleep in that bedroom yet with window up and if you have stayed all night with “Jennie” and sliped “home” in morning like you did the morning I caught you by [?]. Just think what silly games we played at the first “party” in that house—I can see the hens and roster up there yet,—“in the chair”—[in my mind.]

Eudora Scofield letter, May 25, 1881, pages 1 and 4

[page 3] The next thought is back to an other “party” of “Jennie’s”—for as I know out of that first table full only two are married “Charles Frost & “Samuel Powel” and may be you. I am elected to be an old maid, which I choose, Although out of “four sucker”—I may chose, one to promise him that I will see that he don’t marry another. So far do my thoughs [?] back that I could can not express them all Now should I try. But I confess I do think of “home” too much. To day is “show day” and very warm—I have just return “home” from the Steets.—I never suck a crowd. Every size color and ugliest people you could im [imagine?]. why the most fun we could have at

Eudora Scofield letter, May 25, 1881, pages 2-3

[page 4] the window see people pass—A trunk hauler came pass the other day with his wife. She was one of these tall bony women had on large bonnet with purple flowers in front—well just as I got the first glance of her she was [appeared to me] very sick. But when I look more heard her husband say “sit up here now, and don’t make a fool of your self”—which was [?] seen—that she was very drunk and the [?] evil her face, till the greese almost flowed in stream. Well it was just horrible pictures I ever look at. Last Sunday every person almost seemed to have new buggies—and

Eudora Scofield, May 25, 1881, page 5

[page 5] so had a colored couple—The lady wore an old sun bonet and he had on a high plug hat—he while talking to her would stop and look under her bonet—It was a splendid give away to buggy riding. So much on witty side. This City is beautiful Now especially Every where things are all arrange so nice. I want to visit the “grave” yard, where I have not been yet—it is said to be beautfil and of course large. Pa has been there. O to ride up and down from Normal on St. car is plendid—past two “Universities” one at Normal and the other in Bloomington—They are on

[page 6] stight line two miles apart. Then I want to go to “Orphant’s home”—in Normal when LeRoy went I was too tired to go with him. On 14th Jun we have our annual Sunday school picnic—going to a “grove” some miles away—on special train—for to get to groves one haft too go quite a distance—not like at “house” &. Well this morning I will add more to this unfinished letter—last night I went to the “show” and afterwards we stoped at the “ice cream sallon”—where I said to [Men] that I was thining of friends at “home.” You remember how we cheated LeRoy. I will enclose a card he wishes you to have—he is [?] on one “girl.” O I am left. But she is sweet. Smart and a fine performer—“look up”

Eudora Scofield, May 25, 1881, p. 6

[page 6 top] on piano. A beautiful Alto singer. This “merry six”—have a band of their own—all members of same church

[page 5 top] go together, all time and all are splendid boys. James has been last three weeks traveling for the “New York store.” Arthar is quick and cute as ever. Minnie is going to school and learns fast look to the other page.

[page 1 & 4 top] Thaddie has had a time with the measeles. Had two “Coctos” for him But Floy had them right at first so she did get well soon—But little Thaddeus suffered terrible, for nine days the child never slep a miniet—The measles did not come out right at first—went to his “brane”—also with this had “lung trouble” “information of the bowels”—The Doc said he would have never come out all right had he not the best of care. Floy is same sweet light hair girl. We are all rejoicing to see Thaddie better and getting so fat—and is to smart to talk about wants Ma to kiss him all the time when we kiss Ma he rubs it off and kisses her over. Pa kiss Ma this morning and he rub it off just laughs like “Huston.”

[page 2-3 top] “Space will not permit more” So love to you all and inquiring friends. Your niece Eudora R. S. “write soon.”

Eudora Scofield, May 25, 1881, envelope

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