Tag Archives: Malinda “Minnie” (Scofield) Claypool

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, 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 – 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 – 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 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

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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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