Adalisa Louisa Hardaway Scott kept these letters in a drawer in her house. The collection spans August 1913 to December 1942. The letters were taken from the drawer and saved by Jack and Alice Scott when they purchased the farm after Mrs. Scott's death. They were transcribed by Ann Scott Doman and Carol Scott in July and August 1998.
Envelope as follows:
Chicago & North Western Railway
From 240 Station
(This envelope must be used only for Company Business.) R'Y B.
To: Mrs. C L Scott Guston, Kentucky
Contents as follows:
Chicago & North Western Railway Co.
All messages for persons on trains (except trainmen) must be enclosed in sealed envelopes. The exact filing and receiving or sending time, initials of sending and receiving operators, signal of sending office and name of receiving office must be entered in every instance.
Aug. 29, 1913
Dear Ma: While I have a few spare moments, will write you a few lines.
Guess you got my card, stating that I have been transferred, am at a mighty nice little town and like the work much better here, than at Algona. Have a dandy place to board, it costs twenty a month. The folks are Swedes, and are nice as they can be.
Am real sorry to know that Grandma isn't improving. Hope there will be a change for the better before long.
Went to a show last night. I can afford to go to things like that when my tickets are free of charge provided I have time. There is so much to learn that it seems like I am always busy. I sometimes have to stay here late at night to meet an extra.
How is Papa Fletcher and the boys getting along with their farm work? It won't seem natural for me not to help cut some tobacco this fall.
It's train time so guess I had better close for this time.
Love to all, Harold. Peterson, Iowa
(Note: Grandma is Margaret Cain Hardaway)
Harold's letter starts on page 2 of his numbered pages...
examination upon any subject. You are graded on spelling, writing, grammar,
and the way you state the question, and of course that makes a fellow watch
his corners. But I think that is a very good plan. As it has been too bad
to be out much, I have been smoking the meat today. This morning I helped
Luke take some sheep to the Steavens place about a mile from here, cousin
Albert has about 300 sheep and you know that looks like a big bunch, suppose
we have a good little bunch of lambs now haven't we, hope my yew is fresh
and the owner of about two lambs.
Hope Fletcher and Winfield have good luck with their hog farm. Tell them I would like to have a share in their stock when they get organized and ready to do business. Tell them they had better start a mule farm but not come in this direction to buy mules, I have seen mules not as good as Beck and Kate, bring over $400. Cousin Albert has a good bunch to sell the 23rd.
I asked cousin Olive about what you said about the board, but she would not hear to me giving her a cent and it almost makes her mad to say anything about it. Cousin Olive would rather have apples in the fall than money anyway.
We are going to have company tomorrow, and suppose I will stay at home. I went to the theater Thursday night to a play called Powhatan, didn't want to go very much but went beacuse Miss Olive wanted me to go, but after all I enjoyed it very much.
Cousin Albert said for all of you to come to the sale the 23rd and I will meet you at the station.
As it is about bed time will have to ring off, from your kid
The next page, in the same writing, the same paper, seems to be either
a postscript or the end of another letter.
Mama will you send me that catalogue of the Ekron school and if you have one of the Irvington school please send it too, for I would like to have them very much, if it is not too much trouble to get them:
This letter starts in the middle, and goes to the end. It is from Harold's
get Mattie to help you all you can let her have one of my hens or anything like that she wants.
If you could get John to fix those planks along the edge of the house and then have John Scott rake leaves against them. And then put cedar brush on them to hold them it would make the house so much warmer. There is a Garage man at Leriver who wants Fletcher and I would like for him to take it. But he is afraid he is not mechanic enough to fill the place. Thinks he does not know enough about the big machines he had expected to go to Glad Brook three days this week with this same man he is working for, but guess they won't go until it turns warmer. Am so sorry about Mrs. Witt. When you write to her tell her I have been to see a lady here who has rheumatism. Has been in bed 12 weeks. Is just now getting so she can take a few steps the Dr. thinks she will soon be all right. Wish you could go to see her. There has been quite a few cases of infantile paralysis 15 miles from here one was closed. Tell John if he has a little money on hand, wish he would pay any taxes if not I can sign a check and send it could write more but it is most train time lots of love to all
if you have time you can save the funny papers Fletcher and Maytie enjoy them so much. I will send postage some time.
To: Mrs. C L Scott Guston Kentucky
In envelope: Form 01 Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company
(This envelope must be used only for Company Business.) R'Y B.
Form 77, 200M6-16-13
Chicago & North Western Railway Co.
Notice. All Rates quoted by this Company are for immediate use and are subject to change without notice, except the printing of Tariffs and posting of same as provided for by law.
Dec. 11, 1913
My Dear Ma:
Yours & Sis's letter came today. The msg., also. Just finished reading the news, delighted as well as surprised to know that we have a new niece & grand daughter guess you and Sis will be going out before long.
We are having mighty fine weather. The last few days have been warm as spring. It never has been below zero since I've been up here. There's lots of time for cold weather yet.
Wish I could have been down there to the hog killing. Would like to have a good mess of sausage. I will be real proud of grandma's creff buttons will be just the thing for them, as you mentioned when I get them.
I certainly appreciated your offer to lower my note to $30 but it will please me much better to pay you full amount I owe you as it is more than I could ever repay in money.
Well, guess I'm not much bigger than when I was at home, weigh 180 all right am feeling fine the good pure air up here makes you feel fine. I can't get used to the water, don't like it a bit.
It doesn't seem possible for Xmas to be as near as it really is. Wish I could be at home for bout a week but don't think that is possible. This time we'll have a good time up here though, for I have such good people to stay with. Must get busy so goodbye for this time. Harold.
postcard postmarked 8 a.m., Aug 6, 1914, Brandenburg, Ky
1 c. postage
To: H.W. Scott, Guston, Ky
Farmers' Deposit Bank
of Brandenburg, Ky.
Brandenburg, Ky., 8-6 1914
Received in your favor of_______________-
Entered for Collection
Respectfully, E.L. Fontaine Cashier
Nov. 4, 1915?
Dear Ma -
This is the night I usually go to prayer meeting, but have a little studying to do, so am not going tonight.
I got the box of flowers alright, they certainly were nice, could just imagine how everything looked down there, by the flowers. We are still having ideal weather, never saw a much nicer fall.
Went to a big home wedding last Thursday evening, at least it seemed big to me. There were over one hundred and fifty guests, sure had some fine fixings, I never saw quite so much rice wasted, in my life. The bride & groom were intending to leave that night, but couldn't get away on account of all kind of jokes & pranks which were planned against them. So one of the bride's friends & I turned traitor, dressed up like we were the ones & were slipping out the back way, when they caught & surprised us, taking me to a car & bringing me nearly back to Renwick & then returning & the funny part was, they thought all that time they had the groom, in the meantime the newlyweds had gotten clear out of the
Believe you asked me what I was getting to eat, ask Fletcher he can tell you. It's still taters three times a day & tween meals, have good meat, but never see a biscuit, think when my girl comes back from school I'll teach her how & have that much done, think every one should know how to make "drop" biscuits like Sis used to make.
How did the election go, saw in a Chicago paper that both sides were claiming the victory.
Wish I could have been down to help shread. Tell Fletcher to compose one of his good tom cat hunts & send it to me.
Did you have many apples to put up this time? Harold,
Form 78A; 100M 7-21-15
Chicago & North Western Railway Co.
The Pioneer Line West and Northwest of Chicago.
[Notice. All Rates quoted by this Company are for immediate use and are subject to change without notice, except the printing of Tariffs and posting of same as provided for by law.]
Dec. 28, 1915. note
Am sending you draft No. 11884, for fifty dollars ($50), hope our transaction will be successful, and believe it will for your ability as a trader is unsurpassed: Certainly came out fine in your horse deal. Like to hear of you making a little on the side that way and I'm only too glad to finance any business enterprise you may suggest (sounds kinda big doesn't it?) but laying all jokes aside, whenever I can spare the money, let me know if you see anything in sight and we will come to terms, you know that was the agreement we made when I left home and if we can make a little money that way lets hop to it, I feel like my money is perfectly safe in your hands so don't get frightened and embarrassed at the notes I send you for they are only intended for records, I think you understand that though.
Christmas time is over and everyone is back to work again, suppose we will have another day off the first tho, doesn't make much difference with me for there's not much doing at any time now.
Where did you spend Christmas? Had a mighty fine time that day was lucky enough to get three invitations to dinner but of course I went down to her folks to dine, there were eighteen there and all Germans and Switzers except me, but believe me I made myself at home and ate as much as anyone of that Dutch cooking, then in the afternoon we had some of the finest music you ever listened to.
Wish you could be up some of these nights to enjoy the good fires and watch the snow drift out across the prairies, I sit here lots of nights and have all kinds of coon fights and build air castles but I would just like for you to be here at this time of year, would like to have a good long chat with you. Haven't made up my mind yet, whether or not I'm coming home next spring, would be mighty nice to be together again to plan and work together and to fight you know we have to fight a little to get along the best, believe, though, you could come near whipping me now for my muscles are getting soft, I'm still game, however. Now so far I haven't said much about the girls, only in an indirect way, but I want to tell you I have the best one in town, and that's not all we are thick as old Nigg and Jumbo, am sending you a fair description of her so you can't say she looks like Winfield's old sow; she is a young lady eighteen years of age and of the very best character and genuine type, she was brought up by a good old time Mother and fully understands the old time songs, she knows how to be good without being dull and can be glad and make other people glad without degenerating into folly; her father is a retired farmer and lives here in town, he has two other girls, one of them married, the other teaching school and mine the youngest one stays at home with the folks. Lots of girls in this country, some are good and some are riffs, believe the riffs are in the majority, for they believe in being wild and reckless, but when they get that way I beat a hasty retreat for some place of safety; How about you? Any body down there much to go with? Who is Ike sitting to these days. Couldn't you and Erie make connections, better find you a good one to go to see for there is nothing that will keep a fellow out of bad company and make a man out of him any quicker than a good, genuine, Christian girl. But always beware of the other kind for her ways lead to distruction and disgrace. I've got to go to League tonight and it's time I was going, so good night; Write me often I like to hear from you. (from Harold)
P.S. Send the picture back the next time you or Mama writes to me.
From: Renwick, Iowa
To: Mrs. C. L. Scott, Guston, Kentucky
Envelope postmarked Jan 14, 1916
I certainly enjoyed every word of the letter you & Sis wrote. Write me another like that some day.
We are still having that peculiar weather - the sun shone today for the first time in a week & it's been so cold.
I have been a busy boy this week, our other man left last Friday and I have been running things alone, he is back now & am not so rushed, think I will take a little trip up to Burt about Sat, Hm! - you know Beula is back and I want to see her before she leaves.
Ma, I'm sending you some stamps to pay a little postage for me, will you please send me that writing instruction of mine, you know I put it in that fruit jar box with the rest of my books, might also put some pictures between the leaves. I'd like to see some old reminders from down there anyway and show these people where I live, and most important of all if you still have it send the "Fiddle and the bow" I need something like that, since I have to debate & etc.
This fall when the leaves begin to turn wish I could get some pictures of the Old Hills & Hollows. I actually get tired of this level country, you can't even hear an echo, you know I always did like to squall just for that purpose.
Are the boys doing any fox hunting these nights? Too bad I have to miss that this year.
<Rest of letter either lost or Harold did not say good bye.>
To: Mr. F. M. Scott, Guston, Ky
Goldfield, 6 pm
October 23, 1923 note
Was glad to get the package & letter. Sorry to keep you in the dark so long about the hound.
Went up to see Colemans Sunday - they are still picking corn have abt. 6M Bu left but figured on going out hunting some night 1st of the week to see if the foxes bothered any. I should know this week for sure as Mr. C. said they would try him one night & if a fox led him out of the country you would get him I think they will let him go as two or three of the boys are victimes of matrimony & wouldn't disobey by going out hunting this early in married life. Anyway I'll guarantee to keep you posted.
I was out Sat. Nite to try out Trim but it was pretty cold & windy 1/4 inch ice next Am. Didn't go far but he treed a possum & skunk. Have to keep him tied most of the time. He goes out every night he is loose & trees a varmint of some kind.
I may decide to send him down latter part of next month if you still want him - Wish I had your hound up here for a few fast rounds, think he would let those airplanes alone.
Got my corn all picked - 1/2 day of plowing left - may take a job east of town picking corn - they are paying from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cts per Bu. this year. On the other hand, I may just tend to my stuff here at home & see what I can do at night. Still have a surplus of hogs on hand - two sows brought in 25 pigs last week, evidently ignoring all birth control propaganda & going against the teaching of Sec. of Ag. Wallace.
Sold 5 lambs avg. 120 lbs. Got 5.15 - Also sold ten hogs abt 2 weeks ago at 4.50 avg. 200 lbs. Will have 10 or 15 more ready in abt two weeks. - Price is a dollar lower now. New corn is quoted at 15 C. oats 15c eggs 20, cream 23 cts and chewing tobacco higher than a cats back.
These people up here marvel when I tell them you have cut 4 cuttings of alfalfa in one season & the 5th growth will hide a shoat. But it does strike me as being an altogether different picture from the bare lofts one used to see.
Have often wondered how the school board battle came out. Did King Powell & his loyal vassals win? - I talked to a fellow in Chicago from Meade Co. who said Powell could can all the school board and assemble one of his own choosing or one which would be friendly to his methods of management. But I told him I didn't hardly think so. The County Organ doesn't seem to have much to say on the issue. Guess they are afraid of losing patronage if they hash the matter.
Was surprised at the bundle Mr. McDonnold laid on the door step of the county seat - Tell Old Dry he wants to look into that, after the 1st of Jan.
Well Son, I want to thank you and all who were in any way connected with sending the chestnuts. Also the hunters & tourists who didn't find them.
As Shakespeare would put it "Each nut an ode each worm a song".
Think I will plant a few of them if my appetite doesn't decree otherwise.
Wish you could come up & spend till the 20th of next month with me. The cellar is full to overflowing & have turnips cabbage & apples yet to go in - figure to butcher a pig or beef this week if it stays cold - Would butcher & peddle beef if I had a car. But guess the old Ford has paid its first dividends this yearly standing idle.
My stenog. has joined the N.R.A. & won't work for me while she is working at the store. I have a sore thumb & need the services of one.
Best regards to all & will let you know soon as I learn anything definite.
Tues. Morn. October 24, 1923
Dear Maytie and Mother Scott:-
Will add a line or two to Harold's letter to Fletcher. Don't know as I can add much as he told you all he has been doing so will tell you what I have been doing.
Yesterday and Sat. I worked at the store don't have to today as the sick clerk is better so this morning we are going to make kraut.
Last week I husked popcorn and shelled navy beans between times but was gone a lot too. Went to Ft Dodge on Wed. purchased a pair of slippers at Mont. Ward. Have my winter clothes pretty well lined up - have 3 dresses to remodel and am waiting for someone to help me as I don't like to do that very well. Am expecting Ethel Cox to spend a couple of weeks with me and she seems to have a knack for "making over". On Friday I went to Webster Cy with Father & Mother. Dad went to see a doctor - has had so much trouble with his leg. I think it is rheumatism. caused from bad teeth. Think he will have an X ray taken. I go with them tomorrow again then on home to help Mother with serving her club on Thurs.
We are going to a Box & Pie socieal out in the Country S.W. of Goldfield tonight. Haven't been to one since that time we went in Ky.
Have my fall work pretty well lined up Have windows to wash and a few things to iron and mend up for winter. Guess we will be butchering soon as I am almost out of lard.
Don't know any especial news from Owasa & Gifford. Mrs Starr has been sick since Aug - in hospital most of the time - haven't heard lately. Plan to spend a week or two there this winter, and will find out about everyone.
Wish you folks might all spend the winter with us. Plenty of room and lots in the cellar to eat, too much for two people. Wish you could go on the route with me this P.M. Mrs. Madison is sick and unable to go. Would stop for a cup of coffee at Mothers and get another bite at Dora's.
Well it's most mail time - Hope everyone is well. Love to all
From: Bx 3
To: Mrs. J. L. Witt
<date probably Oct. 28, 1925> note
These two letters were in the same envelope but were probably not from exactly the same time.
Will send a page or two along with Maytie's letter it is cloudy again this A.M. Hope it don't rain. We all took dinner with Fletcher and Maytie yesterday. About three O'clock Harold went home to go to bed and Alma was writing letters the rest of us loaded in to the roadster and went sight seeing. We went and went and kept going until we got lost and had to inquire the way back to Gifford. Had a good time saw lots of pretty houses and fine farmers. Crossed the Iowa river three or four times. Fletcher was up early this A.M. and ready to go to work before seven. All he has to do of mornings is to milk Harold's cow. He gets the mornings milk and Harold gets the nights milk. Harold is so glad to get rid of the milking. He don't like to have any thing to do when he comes from work. I think the cow will furnish plenty of milk and butter for both families. I have two new dresses to <page missing?> he was going to Mr. Glove's corn field to tie up some shocks of corn he had cut. Took us to the creek made us cross the creek on a log. He took Dotty on his back. He took us through a field full of sheep burr and our stockings were covered. We helped him pick some corn for the chickens. Dotty certainly enjoyed the trip. She rode on his back. He pretended to be a horse and scared and buck jumped and ran off. Fletcher says he knows now where Jesse V. gets her running roaring disposition he say she and Harold are just alike.
Planned to get this letter off on the four o'clock train but we decided to wash this afternoon. And did not get it finished.
The other letters came today the big letter was from Aunt Annie. The reason it was so heavy it was full of blues. I feel so sorry for her Lawrence has moved to Texas and it has nearly broke her heart to give them up. Flossie and her husband live in Little Rock Ark and they are trying to sell out and go there.
Do you remember that Aunt Lilly told us that Aunt Annie had gotten her back hurt? It happened about a year ago. She was gathering peaches and fell with her back across a fence nearly broke it and has never fully recovered. She seems so homesick to see or hear from some of us. Will send the letter back to you some time.
Maggie did you send the check in that I gave you? It did not come with this report just had the one from Mr. Ater.
Fletcher still complains of his knees and legs hurting him, but works hard all the time says that $4 a day looks too tempting. You know this is the first hard work he has done since he has been up here. They will be through this job in about 10 days.
They got your letter and check today. I had a letter from Jesse V. and Ruth had a card from Uncle Jesse yesterday.
Did the late beans and corn and potatoes do any good. Hope the Sweet potatoes are good. Rained again last night. But is pretty cool again tonight. Guess you are wondering where I am going to close this letter. So good bye and love to
Had thought I was just going to send you a card but decided I could not put all I wanted to say on a card. Alma and I have put out a big washing this AM. Harold pumped the water and tended to boiling the cloths had the boiler out doors. Alma wanted to wash out doors but Harold and I could not let her, you know it was too cold as the cloths froze as fast as they were hung up. Mrs. Schope the lady across the street washed out of doors and she has a little baby about two months old. I just don't see how they stand it but that is the way most of them do up here. Alma has to be at the school house at 2:30 to practice for the entertainment Wednesday evening. Harold and Alma don't think they are going to get to take the trip they had planned. They have only gotten passes as far as Kansas City and he thinks they are holding the other passes up somewhere as they are wanting him to go to work again. He had wanted to get off for six weeks. He thinks the night work is not agreeing with him, but Fletcher and I think the work would not hurt him if he did not try to hunt so much. Some times he does not get more than 5 or 6 hours sleep and he is supposed to get 8 hours. Fletcher says he can't stand to hunt like Harold does. He says he wishes he could take the job for a while $145 a month and not much to do just a care of knowing how. They talk some times like they would move to the Depot for the winter and I think that is the thing for them to do no house rent to pay and no fuel to buy would save at least 20 dollars a month.
Fletcher is not settled think he has an idea he would like farming in Indiana.
Fletcher picks up a few dollars every little while with his Auto tools: you need not broadcast this talk until it is a little more settled. Fletcher's grocery bill last week was only 95 cents they had beef and their butter and milk and plenty of vegetables. Harold and Alma have as much milk as Fletcher and Maytie but they drink their cream and buy butter at 58 cents per pound and it takes three pounds a week. Maytie is still using Ky lard you know with not making biscuit a little will go a long ways only uses it for frying chicken. You know we laughed when Maytie wrote that a bag of bread would last them three days. Well I guess it was so of course the bag was large and while Fletcher was working in the garage he did not have as much appetite as a sparrow but since he has been here and working outside and hunting he surely eats lots. You would laugh to see him. When he comes to Harold's looking around to see what he can find, and he usually finds what he wants. All kinds of bought cakes, pies, jelly, cheese, cream, and most anything you can think of.
I haven't decided yet when I will start to Indiana am kinda waiting to see what the chaps decide to do. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Fagan were here yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Fagan invited me to a big Eastern Star doings at Eldora the 5th of Dec it would certainly be nice to go but I know I could not stand the exam. Was sorry to hear that Mollie was ailing. And don't like it about your sore foot is it that ingrown toe nail? Had a nice letter from cousin Lena and your card Saturday night they were both postmarked Guston 6 O'clock Friday evening didn't they come in a hurry. Harold came in just now and said he and Fletcher were going out for a while that they thought they knew where there was some revenue and they were going to see about it.
There is a big sale in the country Wednesday the Aid is going to serve lunch it would make you dizzy to keep up with all of the things the Aid here does.
Did you ever get to set out the onions or did the ground stay too wet. I haven't any work on hand now. Am reading when I am not writing letters or out on the road. Am starting 4 letters today. Yours, one to Lizzy, one to cousin Diva and one to Lilly Wright must write to aunt Mag real soon. When I think of me up here doing nothing and you down there with so much to do I almost get homesick. Am sorry the children are getting tired going to school but know it is hard on them and the weather has not been very good. Tell Mary Lad I wish she was here to mail my letters. I must have them in the office by 4 o'clock and it is now 3:30. So good bye and lots of love to all.
Tell John Scott to pat Mack on the neck for me
I almost get mad at the papers up here if they hear anything bad about Ky. They always print it but never put in any of the good things.
Kansas City, Mo.
February 10, 1927.
Dear Aunt Lad:
I heard something one time about your wanting me to write you a letter and tell you all about my trip out West, but that has been so long ago that I have about forgotten all about it. Anyway, I had a good time and wish I could do it all over again. Only next time I would want a lot of money to spend and longer to stay in the different places. All I did was just "pass" through the places that I wanted to see the most. It was really a wonderful trip, and the roads are good all the way, which made it nice. I think I was through 13 states in all. I started out from Tulsa and went by the way of Texas, going through Amarillo and some more towns of not so much importance, and from there down in New Mexico, through Albuquerque and Gallup, on into Arizona and through the "desert" and oh gosh it was hot going through there. I thought I would smother before we got out. It was also hot in the southern part of California, but after we reached Nicholsville or some such a place it was pavement all the way to Seattle. I went through San Bernardino, which is a pretty little town, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and on up through Oregon. Portland of course was on the route, and from there through Spokane and on up to Seattle, where I stopped. I saw lots of beautiful country, all kinds of fruits growing in Southern California, flowers all through Oregon and all the way for that matter. Saw mountains and valleys, and all those things that I never saw before. I could stand on my cousin's front porch in Seattle and see Mount Ranier all covered with snow. I never did get out there tho while I was there. They wanted me to stay longer and go out, but I thought I had better come back closer to home while I had enough money to make the trip. I knew if I got broke out there I never would get back, and I don't think I would like to live so far from all the folks. Seattle is a beautiful city, such green trees and shrubbery I never saw before. Beautiful homes and each one different from the other. Three lakes within the city limits and also the sound. One could drive forever there and the scenery would always be beautiful. The streams are clear and lots of fish, but I never cared for fishing.
I was carried away with it all, but all the time I had an uneasy feeling that I might not get back home. I don't think I would like to live out there, especially in Seattle, for there are so many foreigners out there and they just don't look like our kind of people. They don't have the "class" that the people back here have. I liked San Francisco fine and it really is a city. I didn't get to see much of Los Angeles, as we were through there on a Sunday and they didn't stay long. I passed through Hollywood, but of course I didn't know who was who. I also had a trip up to Van Couver, and that is a wonderful drive and such beautiful scenery up along the sound. It is paved all the way and the road winds around the
mountains in places and it certainly is beautiful. Vancouver is an old timey looking place and they couldn't tie me there, but it is beautiful up there. If I ever get rich I will make the trip again and take more time and see more things. These people that I was with was in a hurry to make a certain boat up in Alaska. They took their car up to Alaska with them. My work was finished when I got to Seattle so I just visited all the time I was there. Carlton lives there, you know. I enjoyed my visit with them very much. They have a car and that made it fine for me. The climate there was delightful while I was
there, only rained once the whole time I was there. It is awfully hilly tho'. I thought Kansas City was hilly until I went out there. This town seems level now.
I have been here ever since I came from Seattle, with the exception of a week Christmas, I went home. I had an awful time trying to decide whether I wanted to stay here or go back to Tulsa. If course this is more of a city than Tulsa, but I like Tulsa fine. Lots better than Muskogee. Of course, I have been broke ever since I got here from Seattle, but I have managed not to go hungry yet. My trip home from Seattle was grand too. I didn't have to change cars at all the whole trip. I was three nights and three days on the trip. I wasn't tired at all when I got here. My chum from Shawnee met me here and we spent the Fourth here and then I just stayed on and got a job and went to work. I worked down at the Live Stock Exchange most all summer but when I came back here after Christmas I decided to look for something else, and now I am working for a lawyer right up town, just a block from "Emery Bird's", of course you know where that is if you have ever been in Kansas City. I like it fine so far, but it is different from any kind of work I have ever done before. My boss has been gone all week and I haven't had anything to do, but I can imagine how I'll have to hump to it when he gets back. I look for him this afternoon or in the morning. He is up in Kansas trying a million dollar oil case. Gosh, if he
doesn't win he will be hard to get along with for awhile, I imagine.
Tom Carlton lives here, but you knew that too. I remember of hearing you say you saw him while you were here, or something to that effect. They are getting along just fine. I lived with them awhile this summer when they were in an apartment, but they moved to a hotel and I had to move.
What have you been doing lately and how are everybody back there? I don't hear from anyone back there now. I seem to have gotten lost from all of you. I haven't any new spring clothes and doubt if I do have, as I haven't caught up yet. I had a few clothes left over and that will keep me from going naked I guess. I have a nice fat beau that takes me to all the movies and to dinner two or three times a week. I met him last summer, and he has been on the job ever since. I'm glad to have someone to chase around with as it would be too expensive for me to take in the shows. He also gave me my trip home for a Christmas gift. I had about decided I couldn't afford to go and he said I wasn't going to stay here and be all lonesome, and he said Old Santa would give me a ticket if that would please me more than anything else, and I said it sure would, so I thought that was lovely of him. The folks at home were fine. Dad looks about the same, only I thought he looked more feeble than I had ever seen him look. I would like to be where I could see him oftener but don't know where that would be. Shawnee has a second hand oil boom, as they opened up a field at Seminole, which is right close to Shawnee, and most of the people that work out there live in Shawnee and drive out there. Henry and Eloise had just bought them a nice little home when I was there. They raised the rents around town, so Henry said he wouldn't pay it. Clarence is grown and didn't look at all natural to me. Owen and Claudia was fine too. I had some good old quail while I was home. You know that is Owen's long suit, hunting quail.
He still has his green house and has enlarged it quite a bit and sells quite a bit of lettuce out of it. Dad don't work much any more, and I'm glad he doesn't have to, as he is too old. He was 78 in January. Claudia had a birthday dinner and invited Henry and Eloise out as a surprise for him.
You can sit down and write me a letter and tell me all about all the folks as I haven't heard from anyone lately. I had a card from Harold and his wife Christmas. I didn't send them any, I guess they thought I was good. How's old Mag? Still working hard I guess. I would surely love to see you all once more, but Lord knows when I'll get to come back to Kentucky, as it seems there is no such thing as save money any more.
I guess by the time you get this read you will be good and tired, so will let you rest awhile. I don't have time to write letters during work hours like I used to in Muskogee, only in a case like this where the boss is out of town. They work one harder here, but that place where I used to work has gone to the bad, so the girl that works there told me. They only have one salesman now and they had about ten when I left there a year ago. I'm glad I got away when I did, for no doubt they would have cut my salary or canned me before this. I think I got out in good time. My girl friend in Tulsa got married while I was away so that was one reason I didn't care so much for going back there. I might go back there some time when I learn this business good, and get a job with some of those oil companies. I imagine I could get a good salary in the legal department. However, I may never learn it, so I won't count my chickens before they are hatched.
Give everybody my love and write me a letter one of these days and tell me all the latest scandals and everything.
As ever your old gal,
c/o The Pennbrook,
604 West 10th,
Kansas City, Mo.
Shawnee Dec. 26, 1928
Dear Laddie & all
As I am alone here today will write you a few lines and wish you and all a happy Christmas and New year (Henry & Wife having gone to Oklahoma City) to see her Sister who is sick with flue. There is many case's of flue here now. Which is only bad colds, with sneezing & eyes & nose running with water. I had a spell myself a month ago sneezing every breath nearly.
Yesterday (Christmas) was a beautiful day, and today sun shining bright & colder with the wind in the north. Xmas is quiet here, the small boy leaving off the fireworks they usually celebrate the day with. I received a nice new Bible & a pair of silk socks for a Christmas present, and a few greeting cards.
I wish I could be with you all to spend Christmas and have a big rabbit hunt with the boys. I have been looking for a letter from some of you for several days, I don't know if Maggie received the suit case I sent her filled with old clothes, that was too good to throw away. I thought she could use them for quilt scraps or anything she saw fit.
The sore on the back of my neck is not well yet. My eyes does not get any better and can hardly see to read or write so you must excuse me for my short letter. Write me a long letter soon, telling me all about the folks & hoping you have a good Christmas yours truly
W. H. Scott
Address me at 129 north Shawnee St., and the postman will deliver at the door.
From: W.H. Scott
129 N. Shanee st
To: Mrs. C. L. Scott
Guston Ky Meade Co.
postmarked Jan 30, 1929, Shawnee, Okla
Tuesday Jan 29, 1929 note
Dear Laddie & all
I have been thinking for days I would answer your letter of 19th but kept putting it off.
I have been sitting in the house for over 2 weeks with my foot propped up in a chair with a bad boil on my ankle, so I could not walk and it is like being in jail to me. I did manage to hobble up to a barber shop Saturday and get a shave which I had not had for over a week. We have been having Ice and a little snow for 2 weeks and the cold gets close to me. The sun is shining today but not so cold. The coldest day was down to 11 above which was cold for me, I had a letter from Alma last week must answer soon.
Lula's address is 604 West 10th Street Kansas City Mo.
I am sending you a picture of the big oil well brought in near Oklahoma City a few weeks ago which has caused a deal of excitement there. The well is over 6,000 feet deep and cost over 125,000 dollars to drill. The big wells near Shawnee are over 4,000 feet deep, so you can see why the well on Mr. Hicks farm was a failure. The paper says there is another cold wave coming down from Canada which will reach us tomorrow, so by the time you get this you may be snowed under so the mail man can't go.
I sit here by a gas stove and imagine I can see you all wading snow to the spring & getting in wood to keep things cheerful during the long cold days.
Tell Maggie to hatch out a good drove of Turkeys this spring and maybe I will be able to watch over them next summer for her but I will have to get well before I can make the long trip again.
I cannot write much this time, so write me soon and tell me all the news of the neighborhood. Owen has remodeled the old home and made it modern for his new bride to move into yesterday. So as soon as I can walk I will go out to see them.
Yours, W.H. Scott
Envelope post marked Sept. 14, 1933
Two letters in envelope
To: Mrs. C. L. Scott
Dear folks all:
Was real glad to see Harold Mon night.
Was looking for him. Some people from here were in at Cligo and Aurora
so wrote him at Winfield`s as to how he could come. My chore boy
and I were up in the woods when he came up. The dogs were also glad
to see him. I got along fine while he was gone--stayed alone Sun.
night the only time and one night had seven people with me. Surely
enjoyed the baby and her mama. The baby Peggy is almost 8 months
old and weighs 23 1/2 #. She is such a sweet good natured baby.
Everyone said that she was so nice. I borrowed my neighbors crib
and I have a high chair so was well fixed.
Certainly kept busy while Harold was gone. Worked at the store 3 days last week--took the route one day and one day had to go 20 miles to play for a funeral--on Thursday night a Miss Keith and I entertained our Miss society--served 45 and on Fri. night took Lena out to Liberty Booster Club program. Surely enjoyed driving the new car. Father still isn't sure about driving it so have been doing it for him. Dorothy stayed with me from Wed until Sat. She is out of a job right now so she will be down real often. Ruth and her boy friend were here Sun. He lives in Goldfield. Made 15 pints of tomato catsup today. Have so many nice tomatoes. Also most every other kind of vegetable. Don't know just how much fruit and vegetables I have canned but over 200 quarts. Plan to wash with my neighbor in the morning and take the route in the afternoon. These neighbors are going to Cligo next week and Harold and I are taking care of all their livestock etc. Will have all the milk, eggs, etc and I get the use of the car. Will take the route each day. Wish you were here to go with me on my 80 mile trip. Am rather tired so will continue this sometime next week. Hope you are feeling better.
Love to all,
Form 78A R258-200M-2.26.26
Chicago and North Western Railway Company
The pioneer Line West and Northwest of Chicago
Am back in IA got here 6PM Monday--left Winfield's
from Jamestown at 8AM Sunday.
All the folks up there planned a meeting at Fans for last Sun. Was sorry I couldn't attend but had a chance to ride from Aurora, Ill. so that it best that I shouldn't miss it. Sorry to hear you had been sick--possibly those two early risings weren't the best for you -- hope you continue feeling better.
When you come to Iowa, think you had better come on the train. Its so far ahead of bus transportation especially for convenience and comfort.
It's much cooler here than when I left Ky. Feels like we could have frost most any time now--guess we are ready for it. Cut fodder yesterday & it rained today--figure on plowing tomorrow.
Tell old man Fletch I possibly will see about the dog this week. Alma will tell you all the news.
Take good care of yourself and don't work too hard.
Dear Miss Laddie -
I was sorry to hear you was ailing, but almost know you are all right by this time. The weather is cool and damp here but not much rain yet. Ben has gone to Indianapolis today with hogs. He is doing very well. Looks fine. He is fattening on this strict diet of milk and cream. Eva is better than I expected to find her. Fannie is so busy with pigs. Found a bunch of 11. This Am. makes 35 this week. And more than a hundred in all and a few more sows to hear from. Too many hogs - I think. Write and tell me all the news. I do love to get letters from home.
Love Sister Mag
Postmark on envelope Oct. 1933 note
Dear Mother Scott & all,
Will start a letter today and perhaps get it ready to send by Thurs. Seems like every minute is taken these days. Just now I am waiting for Harold to come to dinner. He is ploughing today. Has about 3 days left then will have his fall ploughing done. Our next big job is to get the corn in. Have picked several loads already for the pigs. I am gathering vegetables everyday. Have had two light frosts but hasn't hurt anything. Every thing is still as green as can be. Tomatoes are still ripening everyday. Have a few jars left to fill. May make some relish of some kind haven't anything along that line. The cellar will be well packed this fall. We have so many nice potatoes. More than we expected and plenty of beets, turnips & carrots. Also cabbage and navy beans. Have my plants nicely started for the winter. The fernery is so pretty. Have several kinds of foliages and vines in it.
Glad you are feeling so much better. Wonder if you are having rain this week. We have had nice weather for almost two weeks. We are wondering if you got our letter with the money in it for your birthday. Hope you did and have spent it for dried fruit.
Mother, Lena and I went to Ft. Dodge last Sat. Mother got herself a new winter coat. Brown cloth. Coming home we had the first flat tire on the new car, but they are easy to change as the whole wheel comes off--wire wheels and there were two spare wheels. Surely enjoy driving it. We had it to use on Sunday. Were invited up to Babler's for dinner. The folks were there also the two Elmer families. A week ago Sun. we spent with Mayme Rier Salumys and her husband. They live right in Clairon now. You know Mr. Riers married last Feb. and lives on his wife's farm a mile east of Clairon.
We are planning to go see Mr. & Mrs. Copeland at Clear Lake some Sun. in Oct. possibly the third Sun. They have had a trip to Kansas and Oklahoma this fall. Have been here several times this summer. They are Just the same jolly couple.
Were rather surprised at the announcement received yesterday--Mary F`s marriage but Harold said he rather expected it. Where will they live? Would like to see everyone in KY and In. Harold still tells me about people and things as he happens to remember them. Guess I would think all the "children" rather grown up. I know my nieces & nephews up here are getting up in years & height.
We are expecting Ruth to marry next although Dorothy may beat her yet. Ruth goes with a young fellow from Goldfield. So we see her quite often. Dorothy goes with the same young chap she used to ride to H.S. with. We all like Dorothy real well. She is a lot like her mother. Darlene is such a big girl for her age. Is in the 4th grade at school. Think I told you all of Dora's family were home while Harold was in Ky. We like all of the new in-laws fine. Fairfield Jr & wife have two nice little boys--David & Dickie. Mary & Lee keep real busy I guess. Lee seems to have a good garage business. Mary helps there in the office and also does part time work in the bank at Fremont. Donald and Helen each have a job but have a farm rented for next spring. They are buying their furniture and machinery as they go along but think Donald can use some of his fathers tools etc as he will be quite close.
Have a rather busy week--a quartette are to practice here tonight for the PTA at Thrall Fri. night. Plan to go to a Farm Bureau meeting tomorrow PM to get the lesson on how to cane chairs and make slip covers for them. Thurs. nite our Miss. Society meets--on Fri. afternoon the Ladies of the church meet for Aid. The younger women are to clean the kitchen and the older women will sew. Then will have refreshments. So I have to work "fast and furious" in between times.
Took 5 doz. eggs in town today and got 17 cents per doz. Surely glad the price is creeping up. We have a lot of spring chix to sell and still have all our pigs & lambs waiting for higher prices.
Today is Pa Madison's birthday so last Sun a lot of the children came home. We went over on Sun eve. Had a good time. So many of the bunch sing.
Just purchased me a new rain coat, tam, rubbers and umbrella so am all outfitted for rainy weather. The money for the rainy day outfit came in such an unexpected way. It was while Harold was gone I was asked to go to Galt 20 miles away to play for a funeral--a rich old bachelor. His niece is a friend of mine and when I received a card of thanks out fell a $5. bill. The two singers also received $5 each. It surely was a surprise to us but seems as though he had provided for that in his will. This niece received 280 acres of unencumbered IA land. Pretty fine for her. She is the wife of one of the men I work for at the Store-Market. Harold is to have a new suit when we sell the lambs. I am pretty well supplied with clothes--need new shoes and perhaps a wool dress a little later. Have three dresses I want to alter--am hoping Zoe can come up and do it for me.
Haven't taken the route since Madisons came back from Chgo but traveled 550 miles that week and earned $12. above expenses. We have the use of their car evenings and on Sundays so it helps us out a lot. Harold likes to go to Sat nite shows at E.G. as they usually are westerns. I don't enjoy those kind so much.
I see this is page eight and its still Tues. so you may get your letter earlier than I thought. It is now 5:30 PM and I have been in town this P.M. While I was there 8 carloads of gypsies drove in and such a trove of women got out and went two by two in all the stores. It kept the "cops" busy keeping up with them. In spite of all the watching they usually manage to get away with something--slipping it under their big aprons and dresses. They finally left town--said they were going to Clarion where there is to be a big celebration tomorrow.
Tues. eve. Just finished practicing with male quartette. They are singing 2 numbers--Church in the Wildwood and Aura Lee. It is 10 oíclock and I am tired-ready for bed. Another Busy day ahead tomorrow. Think perhaps we will wash Thurs.--still wash with my neighbors as usually do it when it suits her best. So goodnight and lots of love to all,
Alma & Harold
PS Wed. morn. Discovered I had forgotten to write on back of this sheet so will add a line. A lovely morning. Although chilly. Will finish gathering butter beans and tomatoes this am. Go to the Farm Bureau meeting at 1:30. Harold is ploughing this morning and getting in a load of corn this afternoon. We are having stewed chicken, gravy & biscuits for dinner. Come & eat with us. ALMA
Letter post marked July 1st, 1936
My Dear Ma:-
It's 5:15 PM and am just back from Renwick - went up to a funeral of an Old Neighbor of the folks - a Mrs. Elmer.
Helped John French put up hay this AM.
Got my corn all plowed over yesterday at 4:30 PM & when I got home the folks & Geneva Hanna were down for supper. They will be down tomorrow on their way to get Aunt Rachel at Clarion.
Four of the Coleman family were down last Sunday. Mrs. C is better now.
We plan to go to Luverne the 4th for kinda family gathering. There are to be big celebrations all around us but I'm like you - the crowds are too big & tough.
We are having dry weather in this part of the country. Corn is looking good & a waist high. The oats are beginning to suffer a little. Believe the radio said you had rain in parts of KY recently. Hope you folks got some of it.
Think I will go over to Ed & Mayme's for supper tonight - they are halfway looking for me. Its sure been hot today. Hope you all have a nice visit the 4th - Give all my regards - Tell Maggie I'll ans. soon. Love Harold
Letter post marked May 26, 1937
Letter dated May 25, 1937
It's 7:40 PM and I'm waiting for the downpour to cease so I can finish my chores. Has been raining for 1 1/2 hours & water is standing everywhere & still raining hard. All of my stock is out except the black mare & colt. Got my sheep sheared yesterday so they are getting a good bath. Sold my wool for 32 cents . The highest price paid here was 35 cents.
Still lots of corn to be planted & several fields yet to plow. Can row my corn across the field. Oats are looking good as well as all grass crops. This rain will keep farmers from their work for several days. Have an idea Mr. Coleman up north is about drowned out.
I will have to go down on the river bank & rescue an old setting goose or let her nest float away as this rain will take the river out of its banks--all of my little ducks fell a victim to the coons--I heard the old hen squalling one night so took old Shep & set him after it. He chased it around quite a bit but that was all that came of it. Bosco or Trim could have gotten it in a hurry.
I was going in town tonight to practice for a number for Sunday & two numbers for a township meeting June 3rd but the 3 boys out in the country called up & said they couldnít get in. One of them lives on a mud road & I sure don't blame him for not coming in.
Havenít done very much today--dug a few post holes & set some posts this AM & this PM went up town to make out my homestead tax exemption papers & loafed rest of the time. ` We had a nice time Sunday at Copelands. There were 21 folks there & all brought some part of the dinner & what a dinner-- in the PM all the men folks drove over to the lake. I got home at 7:45 PM & found everything OK. Old man Dick was along. I brought almost a weeks supply of food back with me. Copelands will be down here for Decoration Day. They sent regards to you.
The garden is looking nice & have plenty of onions, radishes & lettuce--think there will be a good fruit crop this time.
May 26th 8 AM
Let up raining around 10 PM. I went down to see about the old goose & found all efforts of rescue futile. Also lost several trees along the road where the bank caved in. My fence was attached to one of the trees & as the bank sank away it snapped the wire in two & how the sparks did fly. It is cloudy this AM but doesnít feel so much like rain. How does the fruit crop look at this time? I remember you told how big the pears & peaches were but wondered if there were many. Did you hear Fletcher say if any of the grafting lived? I know I didn't have the right kind of wax to use.
Hope you are all well & Matye much better. It's about our mail time. The section paddies are busy this AM repairing washouts on the track.
Love to all,
Envelope post marked August 5, 1937
Have been around the house most of this PM trying to keep cool. It's been very hot today and is as dry as it was this time a year ago. Most of Iowa has had plenty of rain but our locality happens to be the one that is hard hit this time. Some parts of the state got as much as 4 inches of rain last week. My corn crop after making such progress is now in the wilted stage and a rain wouldn't do much good. Have pretty good sweet corn & have sold several bushels. Just got an order for another bushel for morning delivery. Have plenty of beans but tomatoes are drying up. Most all of Iowa had a good oat crop but the rust was pretty bad. The average around here will run close to 55 bu. per acre.
Mark has turned his cattle in one of his cornfields as he had run out of pasture & the corn was drying up.
Guess the political situation is at high tension at this time. Bet it don't worry Pa any which ever way it goes. Too bad the radio doesnít reach that far, or I would tune in and get the results next Sat. Let me know as I would be especially glad to hear of Silent Diddy's triumph over his vociferous opponent. I feel that Stith Vallies favorite sons will emerge from this their first political venture with the full approbation of the majority vote. Just in case the reverse should occur, we would still have with us two citizens who hold a conspicuous place in the super-structure of the community and after they had pulled the political bee's stinger from their cranium, they would soon settle down & have a good time relating their adventures.
It's chore time--best regards to all,
Envelope post marked Sept. 9, 1937
Just got through canning some apples and had started to do my chores but decided to write you before it starts to get dusk. Have quite a little canned stuff so far this season. Ma Geigle & Lena have done most of it, however, - think I will can some plums tomorrow. There are quite a few on the trees yet and have given so many to folks--could have sold them but wanted to repay some of the good turns I've received.
We are having nice weather. Has been a little hot last couple of days but we are promised cooler weather for the next few days. The horse disease is pretty serious in this country. Mark has one that had it but I believe it is going to pull through. All the tankage plants are overloaded. One of the Madison boys is working at LaCross, Wis. in the rendering works & reports the epidemic is bad up there. None of my horses have shown any signs of the disease so far, but havenít looked at them since morning.
It has been two weeks since I sold my calves & havenít been able to find any young ones. Will go down to Eagle Grove tomorrow & see what they have at the market sale.
Mayme, Ed & myself were up to Mrs. Geigels for supper this time last week. I was up to John & Marie's last Tuesday. They were asking about you folks & were real proud of the picture of Pa [Fletcher?jbs] & Matye & it is a good one. They say they are sure coming down sometime.
Watermelons are ripe in this country & there seems to be quite a few but the dry weather last part of July & first of August just about cooked mine so don't think I will have any. Mark had the threshing machine this PM. There was some sweet clover seed threshed this time but the yield was light. The hard rains whipped out most of the seed.
Minnie and a Mrs. Theobald had a car accident Monday. Their car turned over landing in the ditch with all 4 wheel up in the air. Just a few bruises was the extent of their injuries. Know you had a good time with the children who were there last week. Hope you & the rest are feeling better. Best regards to all,
P.S. I carried these stamps in my pocket & the gum came off of them. hope you have some mucilage.
Envelope post marked Sept. 16, 1937
Just started me a little fire tonight as it's going to be pretty chilly. We had our first frost last nite but it didn't hurt things much. You could notice it on the beans and cucumber vines especially. Parts of Iowa is pretty dry & the hot weather during the first part of September is having a tendency to make the corn cure up a little bit chaffy, but we have had plenty of moisture & everything looks good around here. Practically all corn is past danger from a hard frost.
Was up to Colemans last Tuesday for supper & the evening. They had a nice two year old colt that had just come down with the horse disease which has hit this country so hard. The rendering plant at Algona handles 30 horses per day & they can't take care of all they are requested to handle. We also have rendering works at Humboldt, Webster City & Iowa Falls, all of which are running at full capacity & turning carcasses away. Marks horse has recovered & none of mine have taken it up to this time. It's generally that, that with cool weather the epidemic will subside. Havenít been able to get any calves to milk my cows so I have to do that myself. Think I will go down to the sale tomorrow & see what I can find. These young pigs sure sell high. Havenít sold my lambs yet. They are paying $9.75 up here.
Havenít been to Renwick for several days but plan to take up some fruit jars tomorrow or Saturday. Have a big double jawed trap sitting in my plum orchard tonight. Hope I catch one of the coons that have been taking so many of the plums. Iím glad I have screens or believe they would come in the house.
Don't know any news at this time so Old Man Dick & I will take this in to the train. Hope you are all well. I greatly enjoyed your last long & newsy letter. Tell Fletch the coons are bad up here. Can't he help me out?
Post marked Sept. 23, 1937
I wonder if all this wind we have been getting today has passed through KY. It has been blowing hard all day from that direction but we are promised cooler weather for tomorrow & I can notice some change now.
Have been cutting a little more fodder today & had to can 3 quarts of peaches which I had figured to eat in the rough but they wouldn't keep. Have 18 qts canned & they look real nice. My hens have taken another spurt at laying and I brought in a nice basket of eggs tonight.
Was up to Boblers for Sunday dinner; reminded me of old times; there were so many Swiss folks. Am supposed to go to Luverne this next Sunday. Attended a market day sale yesterday at Clarion and of course visited Ed & Mayme.
I thought of you on your birthday but didn't get any where on time to get you something so am sending this dollar bill; possibly you can get you what you want most.
Don't hear of any new cases of the horse sickness close around & I think if we get cooler weather the situation will clear up. Old man Dick just came over & said I should eat supper over at Grandmas so think I will go.
I've been going quite a little at evenings here lately & Dick don't get to stay all night with me & he was disappointed when I told him I would be gone again tonight. Am on the program at the community meeting. Our quartette tries to practice fairly regular & we are called on frequently. We sang last Sunday AM at church.
Donít have much more to say & I had better start to get busy. Best regards to all. Hope all are well.
Post Mark Oct. 28, 1937
Was going to write you a long letter last nite but got sleepy & didn't do it.
Was up to Renwick yesterday PM & brought Ma & Lena back with me & of course they are digging out the corners today. Have asked the preacher & his wife out for supper so I killed the old red rooster this AM. Don't know what else is to be on the menu.
We have had several nice days this week but is clouding up from the west & I look for some rain & cooler weather. Hope it doesn't get as cold as it has been. The leaves all froze & so are turning black. Not the array of colors here that we saw in Kentucky.
Got the package OK. Those things may not have much value but I like to have them around. The bunch of flowers are mighty nice & I have them on the piano in a vase. They still look nice & fresh. Glad you got the flashlight for I know you need one.
Yours & Matie's letter came yesterday. Anything from down there is news so as usual I was glad to get it. I sent some papers yesterday giving particulars of the wreck. I was up Monday to the funerals of five that I knew. They weren't all buried at Renwick and those I didn't attend. You will see by the papers that 10 were killed. The Hefty boy was badly injured but think he will be able to come home before many days. That is Rose Hefties only boy. You know her. And the papers will tell of the others. Poor little old Jimmy was one mashed beyond recognition.
Especially glad to know Miss Jones condition has now been thoroughly diagnosed and pronounced as only one thing, which is under control and on the mend. Know Pa will feel more like going ahead with his numerous tasks & can enjoy his greatest of all past times--sound sleep. I must go now & do some fencing. Best regards to all
From C.H. Scott
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott,
c/a H.W. Scott
Postmarked 6 pm, Dec. 2, 1937
Dear Mama: -
You seem to be traveling around these days and I'm
sure you are having a good time doing it; it's fine you and Aunt Magg can
both be in Indiana at the same time to visit your chaps.
You folks have possibly been having plenty of winter down there also; could note a little change in the temperature this morning and the wind is in the South-west, hope it warms up a bit. Am working on my wood supply and have a nice lot ready for the saw. Spent Thanksgiving at Renwick. Aunt Rachael and folks were there for supper and stayed until the next day. Went to Humboldt after church Sunday and had dinner with the Claytons, he is my Bowling Green Buddy.
Had a letter from Matye last week and they seemed to be getting along fine. Hope she keeps on the mend as she should.
See quite a bit of Johnny these days and can always tell when he has been here when I'm not at home; he picks up all the stuff he can find and piles it against the door or fixes up some kind of trap.
Supposed Winfield is thru picking corn by now and know he is glad. Think everyone is about thru around here and there sure has been a good yield the country over.
Give my regards to all the folks and make a good long visit while you are up there.
Postmarked Dec. 3, 1937
Lyndon KY 3 P.M.
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott
c/a H.W. Scott
My Dear Mama -
Hope you are having as pretty weather as we are. Every day this week has been pretty. Right cold at night but warms up in daytime. Mrs. Pulliam actually seems better. She surely has a wonderful constitution. They still sit up with her. Mary Ladd sat up until 1 o'clock last night. We went in town yesterday to see about getting job in store for Christmas but they say they have hundreds of applications waiting. I don't think she will be able to find any thing at all. They don't think they will get in the new school until 1st of year. I made J.S. pajamas Wednesday. Think we are going to do some more washing today. We saw Mr. & Mrs. Wasland and Miss Hoak in town yesterday. Hope all are well. Love,
Before going further into the activities of the day, I deem it vigible to aknowledge your kind letter of recent date.
I view with no little apprehnsion, the fact that you are keeping count of the letters that pass between us, and I'm sure this will place me decidedly in the red. I plead with you to consider the frailties of human nature as they affect the letter writing propensities of man. I am also informed thru an authoritive source that the daughter has a huge debit chalked up against me that will have to be removed before complete domestic tranquility can be restored; to this charge I acknowledge my guilt and hope to atone in the near future with a long four page letter.
Our cold weather has given way to much milder temperatures, to which we are all thankful around here. It has surely been cold and had continued that way for so long. Most all the corn has been picked and farmers are getting things in shape for the cold weather and snow that we can expect to decsend upon us at any time. My wood supply isn't up to par but will start to pile up a sawing for the first of the week; have most of it cut for the saw.
Was up to Renwick yesterday for a while and will go up to the folks for dinner. Had expected the Hannah's but don't think they will get there before tomorrow as they are stopping in Luverne for a visit before coming on down.
Wish I could be there to go with Fletcher fox-hunting (Well, there is nothing to keep the boy, why don't he come on down) Is that what he said?
Friend Johnny was supposed to come on over and go with me to Renwick this AM but think he is anxious to get the rest of his corn out of the field; I don't look for him now.
The neighbors over across the track have made great preperations for the day and I see some extra cars and hear some extra voices over there. Mark and Minnie are also having company today.
Know Miss Ladd will have a good time up at Maggies and I think it is nice for her to be up there for a while.
Am glad to know you are returning to your former state of buxomness and I hope the next time I see you I can truthfully say "A rugged individual of the type that can withstand the petty & irritating duties of life; not to mention your apility to consume a large amount of guinea and squirrel meat".
Now as to your husband: I believe he will one day be as famous as Burbank. He has unknowingly named a variety of Kentucky walnut, which is now known in Iowa as the pear walnut. I am quoting from Johnny and I was greatly amused at him displaying those large walnuts and calling them pear walnuts; that was the name Fletcher gave them when we were up in the Ab Morton field, does he remember?
I could write some more but might say something that would make you mad and then I know you wouldn't write to me again, at least if I were in arrears.
Best regards to all. The little five watter is now signing off.
Postmarked Jan. 20, 1938 G. Rap & Sx Falls
Letter enclosed, and one coupon for a free taxi ride
From: C.H. Scott
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott
Jan. 20, 1938
I wonder what kind of weather you are having down there, as there seems to be so many different varieties over the country. It's cloudy this AM and not very cold and of course we have plenty of snow. It banked the house up to the first windows with snow. There isn't a bit of draft on your feet & the house is so easy to keep warm.
I wrote Matye first of week telling of John being at the hospital for removal of appendix & he is getting along fine. There have been so many cases here recently.
Hope you and Fletch are fixed comfortably; am glad he has plenty of feed, this time. Much of Southern and Western Iowa is dry. South of Des Moines they have only had one little sprinkle of snow, Wells are dry & streams drying up, stock water is a problem.
I look for the folks to come down with Bablers either Friday or Sat. as we are having short course (that is in the nature of a small county fair) I had figured I might take in a fat herford cow but sold her yesterday.
Havn't butchered any beef or pork this time, as I didn't raise any hogs but may pick up something a little later. Have had plenty of domestic foul and wild meat when I wanted it. Still have a quart or two of meat Matye helped me put up & the last can was good as the first. Will get this in the mail this AM Hope all are well.
To Miss Carra Nelle Scott
Good for one stop
Mark Choice and hand to Driver
Any D. Place
It's writing time again and this will be my first
job this morning so it can go out on the route. Dick and I didn't get up
very early this A.M. and in fact we never do these cold winter days, when
there isn't any particular need of it.
Mr. Coleman has a cattle sale today and I may decide to go if it warms up a bit around eleven o'clock. They are moving down near Fort Dodge in March and are selling most of their stock; sold 90 head of cattle a while back and have a hundred more they will sell today.
Was over to Mayme & Edds for dinner yesterday and up at Renwick for supper. John wanted me to help him get a load of cobs from South of Clarion and that is the way we planned the day; we went to Renwick as a side trip, however. John is getting along fine and has about resumed his former schedule.
We have been having our share of stormy weather, lately, but yesterday and today is not so bad and believe we will get some sunshine the way things look now. The worst part of the recent storms were East and horth of us. We were fortunate, during those high winds from the North, in the fact that there was no loose snow on the ground in these parts, but folks weren't so fortunate Northeast of us and the snow piled up and the storm was so bad the snow-plows couldn't operate.
Was glad to get your letter and also the one from Maggie you sent along; had a card from Maggie monday, and they seemed to be getting along fine. Know Old Man Fletch was glad to be on the court, in as much as it gives him a change and a little ready cash.
It usually happens this way when I leave any letter writing till the last; It is now close to six o'clock P.M. Have my work all done but didn't get this letter written this A.M. Seems like Thursday is when most of my visitors come. Had four callers today but no one for dinner. Didn't go to Mr. Coleman's sale as I decided it would be pretty cold to stand around and besides I wouldn't get to do much visiting with him either. I will have to be going up before long and he plans to come down here to spend a few days with me before they move.
Dick was just over to borrow a couple of onions; guess they are going to have bean soup tonight. Plan to go down to Eagle grove tonight and I may eat a bite down there; am not hungry now as I had a bowl of good rich milk and brown bread about four o'clock.
Sure enjoy the radio and am glad of the fact I can twist the dial when some woman starts to yell or the advertising becomes too odious. Dick usually goes to sleep around nine and I put him over on the cot and then stay up as late as I want to.
Hope you are all getting along OK and the weather isn't too bad. Best regards to all.
From: C.H. Scott
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott
Feb. 10, 1938
TR20 & RPO
Cedar Rapids & Sioux Falls
We are having peculiar weather for this time of year; it is a drizzle and is freezing on everything. Joe just got back from up town and his car was a solid coat of ice. He and I were going in town tonight to observe a dance, but I don't think it will take place because driving is so hazardous. Yes we go to a dance once in a while to observe human conduct as exemplified under stress of modern times. Joe gets lots of facts and information for his sociology work. We see about 85% of the men and women - boys & girls drinking & smoking cigarettes; some fights. No regard shown for womanhood and evidently none expected.
It is six fifteen and of course my work is all done. Got under cover an extra supply of wood. I expect Joe and Dick over tonight. John was here this afternoon, he is getting along fine. I was over to Humboldt Sunday after church. Went up to Renwick Tuesday for dinner at the folks up and to get my washing. the folks up there are getting along fine.
Baked me some corn bread this AM and it is real good. Had a bushel of sweet corn ground into meal and it was quite the rage around here, it makes such good much. I always put about a 1/3 whole wheat flour, sweet cream and baking powder with plenty of eggs. I'm not suffering from malnutrition by any means and weigh as much as I ever did. Just heard on the radio that the Dakotas are getting snow, that means we will be getting it before long. There is almost a solid coat of ice on the ground now. Tell Matie I received her letter. Mr. Coleman was down Saturday for dinner, plans to come down for a few days before they move. Hope you all are doing good.
It is one thirty P.M. and dinner over. Was invited over to Johns and also Dick dropped over to give me a special invitation, but just wanted to eat at home today. I don't require a special invitation at either place as I go over to Madisons any time and unannounced. Today Mrs. Madison & Marie are celebrating their birthdays and when all of the kids are there it makes quite a house full.
Today is a beautiful day. The first bright sunlight we have had for a long time. Have had some mighty cold weather the past week. The roads have been treacherous most all week; I didn't get out last night at all. Joe & Dick were both here.
John & I were up to Colemans last Wednesday. Have an idea they are all moved by now. They have two farms rented down East of Ft Dodge & just recently purchased 230 acres near where they were West of Luverne. It is a nice place and cost only $12,000 which is cheap for this country. Don't know if I told you but have a fresh Holstein and she sure is doing good. The neighbors are out of milk for a while so I'm supplying their needs, so with a fresh cow and plenty of eggs I should keep in good shape.
Know you folks will enjoy the electricity, it makes that country sound almost like it had gone modern. I am using on an average of $1.00 per month here and the minimum is 75c.
Read your card yesterday and glad to learn Matye is doing good. Hope you can all keep well. Love
From: C.H. Scott
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott
Postmarked March 15, 1938.
Enclosed: Four Newspaper Clippings
March 14, 1938
Dick and I have finished our supper and I had better start you a letter while the oppurtunity presents itself. We have us two good fires going and Dick will soon be on the cot asleep: at present he is here by the side of me looking on.
We are having real nice weather at this time and have had for the past several days. Frost is starting to go out of the ground and it won't be long before farmers will be in the field sowing oats.
Am having to stay closer to home now days as I have two orphan lambs I got from Johnny. Went to church yesterday and came home for dinner but at three o'clock I went to Eagle Grove to attend vesper service at the Methodist church and thereafter I visited one of my old conductor friends who is retired and now past eighty years old; they are certainly a fine old couple and always seem so pleased when I call.
Was up to Renwick Thursday and found the folks and Bablers had gone up to Dora's so I went on to George and Winnie's for dinner and then went with George to Algona with a load of machienary saw Uncle Frank Geigel while I was up there; I think you have met them. Ate supper with the folks and got back in time for my chores. Ma Geigel had a real bad cold and wasn't feeling so very good but I called up Sunday and she was feeling better.
Hope Matye is feeling better; tell her Bill McGowan is very sick with pneumonia at the Fort Dodge Hospital. Bill is a brother of Winnie's and I'm sure you know them also.
I was glad you sent me the clippings of Uncle Fletcher. I sure enjoyed the visit we had with them that time we went down.
Guess Old Man Fletch is pretty busy these days, weather permitting. Hope he likes his hired man and has a good crop year.
News from across the water tonight brings back memories of 1914-18 and the gathering war-clouds seem to be growing darker and darker with every news dispatch. We as a nation are fortunate at least for the present, due to the fact that we have a great expanse of water on the East & West and friendly neighbors on the North and South; as Ming Fou would put it "better are good neighbors than high stone walls".
With best regards and hoping all are well.
(on back side of letter)
March 15, 1938
It's raining this AM; supposed to get colder during the day with possible snow. First time it has rained since last Fall. Snow is about all disappeared.
[one clipping is a letter to the editor, from Harold, as follows:]
He Explains This Queer 'Summer Morals' Malady For Us
To the Editor:
In the August 12th issue of The Gazette, you toched editorially on a subject of vital importance, relative to the spiritual let-down during Dog Days. Much interest has been aroused in connection with your comment and we feel this matter should be carried on to its logical conclusion.
After exhaustive research we herewith submit our findings. This peculiar malady is scientifically termed "Morbus Sabbaticus;" reduced to understandable language it becomes plain Sunday sickness and is a disease peculiar to churchgoers.
The female of the species are less susceptible, but the male rarely escapes this insidious malady. The incipient stage appears suddenly on Sunday morning; no symptoms having been felt on Saturday night. The patient sleeps well, eats a hearty breakfast, but about church time the attack occurs and continues 'till services are over for the morning; then the patient feels easy and eats a hearty dinner. In the afternoon he feels much improved, talks coherently and has complete control of legs and arms; but if church is mentioned in the evening he has a relapse and is knocked out for that service. If the patient suffers great agony, occasionally a self-administered sedative in the form of some recreational diversion is used. On the following Monday morning all symptoms of the disease have vanished, to reappear the following Sunday.
A treatment which is considered both therapeutic and prophylactic may be used with gratifying results and in most cases affects complete cure. Namely: Rise early, bathe hands and face in cold water. Mix well into a compound the following ingredients: will, energy, determination, self-respect, respect for The Day, respect for God's Book, and respect for God's House. Shake well, and add a little bit of love to make it sweet. Unless relief comes soon, take a dose as often as necessary 'till church time. For external use, overshoes, rain coats and umbrellas may be found beneficial.
Cases of long standing which do not respond to this treatment should be referred to the preacher, who in turn prepares a short oration similar to the one used by Bro. Rufus Johnsing occasioned by the demise of Rastus: "We hopes you is gone where we 'spects you aint."
Postmarked April 10, 1938
Received your card this AM and glad to hear things are getting along as well as they are.
I'm sure you folks are having a variety of weather down there at this time as it seems to be quite freakish all over. We have had real cold weather and snow storms in this part of the state, while South of us they have had rain, sleet and snow. Today has been better have had some sunshine with a chilly South wind but no precipitation.
Most of the oat seeding was complete before the storm and of course this heavy snow will be fine for the seeding. Southern Iowa has been deficient in moisture for the last three or four years but has received quite a bit of moisture during the past month. Last winter when we had six or eight inches of snow, down there the ground would be bare.
The folks and Bablers were down last week for the day and of course they left me with a clean house and some cooking on hand. They most always bring a big dinner with them when they come and Mr. & Mrs. Babler seem to enjoy it so much. I was invited along with the folks and Sam Maurers to have Sunday dinner out to Sam Klassies but I couldn't get away on account of cantata practice at two PM. We have our last practice this coming Saturday night and the cantata will be given Sunday night. We sure have a big bunch of singers and have a mighty good time at the rehearsals. John and Marie Zimmerman both are in it and a couple from LuVerne are some of those who come the longest distance to attend.
Since the heavy snow has covered the ground I have been feeding the robins and have a time keeping the pesky starlings away. Joe and I shot a bunch of them this morning and will open hostilities the first thing in the morning. I had quite a picture in contrast this AM when I looked out the window and saw robins eating winesap apples off of bass wood trees and the ground blanketed deep with snow.
Have two geese and one chicken hen setting on goose eggs and will set some more in a few days. One old goose is setting in the dog-house and the snow drifted in around her till all you could see was part of her back and head; the chicken hen is setting on the ground also.
Haven't planted any garden yet but will just as soon as the ground gets dry again. Should have some onions out now but didn't get around to do it. Didn't get the vallies of the roof painted so haven't taken all of the scaffoling down yet; had been waiting to get a warm dry day to do the work but didn't have any of them last week.
Hope you have good luck with your setting hens and hope you can soon be living off the garden. Imagine asparagus will soon be shooting up and you will be able to get a good mess of greens before long.
Best regards to all; hope all are well. Love,
Postmarked April 15, 1938
Didn't get your letter started yesterday and as I have to go into town tonight, will send a few words so you will get it Monday.
Things look quite a bit different outside today to what it did this time last week. Today we are having showers and it is rather warm for this time of the year. Buds are beginning to form on the trees and the plum trees will be in bloom shortly. Raked the yard the first of the week and it is greening up with the last few warm days and these April showers.
We gave our Easter Cantata last Sunday night and everything went along very nice. Had an audience of around 900 people and a free will offering of $38.00. Think we all derived a lot of good out of the practices. Our church had its choir practice last night in preparation for the Easter Sunday music. Have to meet with the male quartet tonight to prepare some songs for a funeral Sunday.
Guess I am going to have company for dinner Sunday, so I will have to get the kitchen scooped out and tidy up the front room a bit. The folks, Bablers and Deans are coming and all I will have to do is to have the cook-stove going.
Had a letter from the Indiana folks this week and they spoke of having so much rain but according to the papers you have had plenty of moisture all down through that section.
Wish you had some of these numerous guineas I have around here; am afraid if I keep all of them and they reproduce as they have for the past few years, there won't be room for anything else and besdies when a bunch like this pass through a garden you can tell they have been there. They roost in the big elm tree between the house and barn and you can hear pot-rack any time of the night.
Am without a dog of any description at present but hope to find a fox terrier pup somewhere before long. The dog the preacher brought up from southern Iowa proved almost worthless and couldn't trail me unless I had missed out on one of my bi-weekly foot baths.
See in the messenger where F & M had some neighborhood callers recently; How does John like hob-nobbing with the big shots? And is Mr. Chandler going to represent Kentucky instead of Mr. Barkley? Seems like Mr. Roosevelt plans another big grab bag event. His system of economics is most bewildering.
Best regards to all,
Postmarked April 21, 1938 note
This is Thursday again and I have had so many interruptions this week, that I didn't get a letter started before this. Have been sowing oats and rape today and got all through except the last dragging which I will do in the morning. It has been cold today with a strong north-west wind and tonight we are ceratin to have a freeze. Don't think it will hurt anything very much as the plum blossoms are not quite out yet but if it is too severe of course it will get them.
Received yours and Maggie's letter and also the sweet-cakes; Dick and I sure enjoyed them and I still have some left to munch on. The flowers had their delicate perfume when they arrived but of course they don't ship as well as Easter flowers; was glad to get them anyway. About the only thing we have green to eat is rhubarb and dandelion greens. Have radishes and lettuce coming thru the ground and got some cabbage and tomato plants yesterday but haven't set them out yet.
Was up to Renwick yesterday to help the folks plant potatoes; everyone up there is fine. We plan to go to Wisconsin Monday for a couple of days; plan to be back Wednesday of next week. Uncle Frank Geigel from Algona is going to drive.
Had a letter from Mayte and intended to write them a letter also this week but am going to send a card instead as it is almost train time and I will have to get this in.
Know you and Maggie had a good visit while she was down. I didn't know it had been so long since she was down there the last time.
April 27 1938 at Goldfield. note
I have been chased away from my outside duties by the sparkling refreshing April showers on several occasions this afternoon and just recently the folks from Wis. arrived and left me with a big hunk of Wisconsin block cheese and I fear I have over-indulged; recalling to mind the words of Cicero, "We cannot use the mind aright when we are filled with excessive food" but it would be unfair to use this as subterfuge on an occasion like this.
Couldn't help but notice how vividly your recent letter portrayed a rejuvenated & revitalized being. We are glad to know you are rapidly approaching your former state of salubrity.
Johnny was over last night & wanted to take me to the show but I was in the first stages of recovery from case of distemper & thought it best to stay at home but anyway Madisons called up and wanted us to come over there so I didn't get to bed until ten thirty anyway. Dick came back and stayed alnight with me. They were celebrating Mrs. Madison's
I am viewing with quite a bit of alarm, the progress to which Meade County and the Old neighborhood is moving. I had thought her physical boundaries would prove a formidable barrier to civilization for many years to come.
However, this doesn't seem to be the case and I shudder to think of the time when I will see Fletcher and John Williams and some of the other neighbors dressed in golf suits swinging their sticks across the green and Gid Ammons too dignified to give the starvation yell. I will also wait in breathless suspense for information establishing the identity of the matron who pioneers the first bridge party and galluping tea.
Received an invitation to The Little Lotus Bud's graduation in May and wish I could be there to hear them during the festivites. Like the class motto very much; sounds like Mrs. Gregory but don't suppose she had anything to do with it.
Took in a little night life a couple of weeks ago here in the city. They have been having public dances, big high priced orchestras and a packed house from all towns within a radius of 30 miles. I saw more drunken females than you could put in a tobacco barn, a still greater number of the young highly embossed kind strutting their insect appeal before the little he apes of unsteady limb. Ming Fou would have been at a loss to give a proper description of the orgy, and I fully join the antievolutionists in their support of absolving the monkey of all blaim of the human race.
Showers are letting up and it is about chore time. See editors note on reverse side of this sheet. Best regards to you one and all.
Civilization as not defined by Webster "A condition, mostly artificial, wherein, one desire fulfilled is followed by many which can never be fulfilled. Also Higher wages. Higher prices. Higher cost of plain living. Added cost to higher living. Everybody having a high old time. Nobody satisfied." Unquote.
Hope this establishes my former status quo.
Postmarked May 26, 1938
Will start the morning aright by writing down home today. This has been a week of cleaning up, mostly in the house. Ma Geigel and Lena came down Monday morning and Bablers and Mrs. Church came down last night for supper and took them home. The folks are expecting quite a bunch for dinner Sunday; think Mr. & Mrs. Copeland will come Sunday and remain for decoration day. We will have union services at the Presbyterian church on Sunday; part of the service will be an all mens choir which met last night for practice. The Baptist minister will preach the sermon.
Dick was just over for help in his vacation bible study course which is usually the first ten days after school; they go at nine AM and are thru for the day at noon.
Wonder if you folks are still having dry weather? We have moisture to spare and it has been so cold all the time. Grass and small grain look fine but corn is so slow in coming up that a lot of it just don't. Some farmers have had to replant and there is still some plowing to be done, especially east of here where they have had more rain.
Last Sunday, John and myself drove over between Hampton and Eldora to see some folks but didn't get down in the old familiar territory. We stopped at several places and visited a while and then came back to Clarion and were at Eds & Maymes for most of the evening.
Sorry to learn Aunt Mag is under the weather. Hope she is feeling better by this time. Its nice you can drop down most any time to be with her; I know both of you enjoy that.
Heard some news last night in regard to Kentucky's political situation; in fact she seems to be in the limelight every once in a while. We have our primary the seventh of June at which time there will be, I hope, a weeding out of some of our ultra-radicals will take place.
Planted some watermellons better than a week ago and they haven't started to sprout, even. So don't know if I will have any this season or not; may get a few muskmellons as they do not require so long a season. Guess I will have to drop down in Old Kentucky about that time.
Hope this finds you all well and happy; give everyone my regards and take care of yourself. Love,
Postmarked June 23, 1938
It's pretty early to be writing a letter but there isn't any chance to sleep in this house. This has been our hottest day of the year and it has been a real one. Joe and I put in one load of hay this afternoon and we both had all we wanted. I guess we are both rather soft and we had to go slow. All growing crops are looking good and these hot days will put corn beyond circumscribed height by July the fourth which is a knee high.
We had our weekly outdoor programme up town tonight and quite a large crowd in attendance. Seems like there has to be something special going on in Goldfield to hold the trade from going to Eagle Grove; otherwise the town is pretty much deserted. Its only about five miles to Eagle and a pavement all the way. I go down real often myself as I like to visit with my Old Railroad cronies. Last Sat. night I had such a nice visit with Condr. Lee and his wife. Mr. Lee is 82 years old and is a mighty fine old fellow.
Last Sunday Johnny and I took a jaunt up by Luverne and Irvington and landed at Algona. The Danes were having a family picnic and we joined them. Then we dropped down to Humbolt and ate supper with Clayton, an Old Bowling Greener. Tuesday, I was up to Dora's for supper and brought the folks back home to Renwick; then I stopped at Bell and waited for the cool of the evening.
I see by the paper that Meade County retained its "licker" and I am now interested in seeing how Mr. Barkley and Mr. Chandler come out in the primary election. Seems like everyone except the never sweats and P.W.A.'s are getting all fed up on the present National administrations methods of running things and I look for a change of policy as time goes on. Don't know how it is down there; but there is entirely too many full grown infants up here who expect to be fed by the ravens and use what money they get hold of to buy unnecessary luxuries. And what Govt. money the farmers get, they put in bigger macheniary and tractors; take old dobin to the autction, rent the farm next to them and then cuss because there is a surplus and oats selling at fifteen cents. Farm hands are almost a thing of the past. Horse drawn machinery is being sold as junk - shipped to Japan for munitions and the Red Cross is busy soliciting funds for the poor war stricken Chinese. Indeed - we are living in a glorious age.
It is starting to cool off a bit and think I had better turn in for a little sleep before the woodpecker starts his morning tat-too on the ridge roll just over my bed room window. There seem to be more birds around here than usual and they sure make melody when day is breaking and to date, I haven't heard any of them swinging [sic] their tunes.
Best regards to everyone,
Postmarked Aug. 4, 1938.
It will soon be mail time & I just got back from Renwick, but will get in a few words anyway. Have been building some sidewalk. Ate dinner & supper at the folks & stopped on the way back at M Gowans and ate a little more supper - would have liked to stayed & visited with them awhile but wasn't sure if Joe would be here to do chores or not.
We are having fine weather and everything looks fine - gets pretty hot during the day but cools off a little at night - Have my oats stacked and am glad since we are having so much rain. The guineas are doing fine - near as I can tell there are around 125 young ones & 5 nests to hatch. Will have a nice bunch if the coons let them alone while they are too young to go in the trees.
Sure enjoyed your last letter. You must have been in the writing mood. Know you have a good time with your goings and comings. My garden is sure on the boom and I don't make a dent in it - took corn and cucumbers to Renwick today, some for the folks & some for Bablers. John & I had supper with Ed & Mayme Sun. eve - Next Sunday had planned to go to church at Eagle Grove as a guest of a conductor friend but I understand a former minister is to be here Sunday & hate to miss seeing him. Hope all are well - you may find it difficult to make this out. Best regards to all. Harold 8:10 pm
P.S. According to what I read in the papers up here & hear on Radio, Happy should get it. [Chandler, jbs]
Letter dated Aug 18, 1938
Seems like I have become a biweekly writer instead of weekly, here of late - Was glad to get your letter with its news & the picture - Am glad everything is looking so nice down there with the promise of a bountiful harvest - We can all find joy in an abundance even if things are cheap, so long as we have not mortgaged our birthright for a mess of pottage by going in debt for a lot of things we do not need. Some of our farmers are still trying to get their threshing done. Has been so rainy here of late. - Well, the coons had to get into my guinea flock and get some of the little ones that could not fly; they also killed two nice chicken hens. One of my neighbors shot a coon which was after his chickens a couple of weeks ago but one coon does not mean anything up here.
Plan to go up to Copelands Sunday. I took the folks up to Doras last Sunday & they were up there. - Johnny here while ago and wanted me to go up in Minnesota on a fishing trip but I don't care to go just now, he usually makes two or four trips up every season. Fishing has been pretty good around here all Summer but I don't fish much only in the Wintertime.
Lots of Sleeping sickness among horses in the country - Mark & I call it poisoning and doctor it accordingly while these would-be scientists & experts of Ames origin, give them 'shots' - our success eats on the Vets, they don't like it.
Hope all are well - hope you didn't have it as hot there as we did last week. Best regards to all, Harold
P.S. 5:30 news on - going to be hot - 102 degrees in Neb, today - Also rain predicted for tomorrow.
I wonder if you have gotten back home and settled down for a few days before you start on another visit. Well, I like to hear about it and know you enjoy doing just such things and I'm for you; believe I'm a little bit that way myself until wintertime, then I usually like to dig in and watch the snow fly.
We have had more rain than I have ever seen in the Fall of the year. This river is on a mild rampage and I understand it is running wild down around Boone where it empties into the Des Moines River. Mark has about 15 acres of bean hay cut down and it has gotten all of this rain but I see the sky is clearing from the Northwest this morning so that is an indication that we are due for some nice weather.
Made my trip to the Northwestern part of the state this last Sunday and had the time of my life. Left Humboldt with the Claytons about nine thirty and was in Sutherland for dinner with Claytons brother who has a store there; also another brother from Hartley who has a store, joined us for dinner. Among other things for dinner included black eyed peas cooked with corn also blackberry preserves and the conversation during the day was seasoned with plenty of Southern brogue. In the afternoon I called up some friends at Paullina who came over, so there were five fellows all of a common heritage and we really felt very much akin. Coming home we drove about a hundred miles in the rain. Was eleve thirty when I arrived here and the rain had about subsided.
It will soon be noon and I have squirrel on cooking. Have a certain way I usually cook it, to wit; fry it till it is almost done, then slice up a big onion and ripe tomato, adding enough hot water for the gravy, then let cook until done; it's fine you had better try it sometime.
The coons still get their revenge for the way I once so relentlessly pursued them. They usually come when it is raining and I had to drive one away the other night after he had just about killed an old hen; don't believe I ever saw signs of so many as there are this year. Think I will have to send somewhere and get me a dog.
John was over Monday but guess they are about muddied in over at their place. My next visit of any distance will be down in the vicinity of Owasa and Gifford; haven't made it down there this year, so far.
War clouds seem to be hanging pretty low over Europe and it's hard to guess just what will happen over there.
Hope all are well and everything coming along fine down there. Best regards to all.
Postmarked Sep. 28, 1938
The mosquitoes have run me out of the woods; I was up there picking up walnuts and carrying them down to the house so the squirrels wouldn't hide all of them. Figure there would be about a triple wagon box full in the hull. We have had the most mosquitoes I ever saw in this or any other country and still have them; our weather is mighty fine but a cold spell and frost would fix them, as well as the tomatoes and beans.
Well our water got mighty high that time I told you the river was rising and in some points in Iowa the rivers were the highest ever known and especially at this time of year but the rain has subsided and we have had about ten days of nice weather and the corn is all past the danger stage. And to anyone who has never seen an Iowa corn crop, now would be the time to see it. Many farmers have resealed what they have on hand of the 1937 crop which is a lot of corn. Don't know what they are going to do for crib room in many instances. Corn on the cash market is selling for around 37 or 38 cents per bushel. This has been truly a bountiful season and all should be thankful, were it not for the extra trimmings and tremendous amount of motorized farm machenery they have purchased, necessitating a high price for everything they produce.
Mr. Coleman and three of his boys were here for dinner yesterday and you should have seen our dinner. We took the rifle up in the timber and brought back four squirrels; wasn't long before I had them in the big iron skillet and after they had cooked a while I smothered them in onions and ripe tomatoes; also boiled a kettle full of potatoes and mashed them, seasoning with plenty of rich cream and that, with bread and butter, constituted our meal. Don't know when I have had so many squirrels as there is now, and I'm making good use of them. Took two nice young ones down to Mr. and Mrs. Lee at Eagle Grove last Saturday night and they were sure pleased to get some of that kind of meat.
Sunday, I was up to Bablers for dinner; they had quite a few of the old Swiss neighbors also. Have no particular place in view for next Sunday, so may go down to Jake and Marie Trickeys.
Don't suppose Fletcher's old hound will tree coons? I have been trying to locate a hound somewhere but they are hard to find. Coons haven't bothered me for a couple of weeks.
Hope all are well; lots of love, Harold.
Postmarked March 9, 1939
To Mrs. C.L Scott
c/a J.L. Witt
From C.H. Scott
Just ate my bite of supper and will write you a little note to put on the train tonight. Have been up to Mark's part of the afternoon visiting with him. It is still winter up here and don't look much chance for settled weather. Isn't much a fellow can do except haul manure or cut wood. It has thawed some today and water has been running down toward the river,but hasn't covered the ice yet. There usually has to be four or five feet of water on top of the ice before it breaks up and starts to float. Should we have a rain with all of this snow, I'm confident we would have high water around here. Snow is predicted for tonight with rising temperature. This has been some steady winter weather since I got back to this country. I'm sure I like the Kentucky winters the best.
Was glad to get the papers and your letter. Our illustrious cousin seems to be right up in the front ranks. He should have a few good red corpusles and I hope he has. Sure would like to see them get that persimmon blight stopped before it goes too far. And tell J.S. I enjoyed the article about the mounds; maybe what we will find down at the bone cliffs will make that look like a bed-time story.
Sorry to hear of the mash-up you told about; it's regrettable, but it sheds new light on "why tigers sometime eat their young".
Rudy has gotten back from Seattle and was talking to him this PM, so guess we will be visiting back and forth. Was at home all day last Sunday. Ate too much baked sweet potato Saturday night for supper and didn't feel too hot Sunday; but I got the house aired out good and everything is OK. The flu almost reached epidemic proportions here in Iowa; the school here has been pretty hard hit and Shortie's wife came home from a visit in Eastern Ia. last Tuesday and the folks over here was as far as she could go; she is better now. I'm not particularly afraid of such things but don't believe in going to public gatherings when things like that are so prevailent; would go and wait on folks if I could do them any good, however.
Haven't heard from those Doods down home since I been home but according to the Messenger, they are all up and around. Know Dotty will have a good time there; and how are the other chaps. Tell J.S. wish I had been there to have gone up to the corner with him. Hope the dog gets sick again when I come down (but not bad).
Hope Maggie & John are both up and around again. Suppose M.A. had a good time with her recent appearance before the public. Have a good time at B-burg & tell all the folks howdy. Love
Postmarked May 11th, 1939
While my spargrass [sic] is cooking will write you a letter. It's getting close to noon and I usually come in in time to hear the news on the radio while I'm getting dinner.
Took an old goose off the nest this morning with six goslings and I sure had a fight. There was another goose setting in the same shed and both geese were trying to mother the little goslings. Two old ganders, as proud parents were also guarding things. Think I suffered the worst casualty, in the nature of a skinned shin, but I ralled & returned with a horse blanket and a lath; cracked two old ganders over the head and threw the horse blankets over the goslings and brought them here in the yard and later brought over the old goose. Geese sure can fight and I'm sure there is nothing that can bother them when they all finish hatching and are turned out together.
It's been so cold and dry the past week that I haven't gotten any garden planted to speak of. Apple trees are starting to bloom and think we will have a fair crop. The plumbs have been in bloom for some time. Most of the farmers have the greater share of their corn planted, however some have discontinued on account of the dry weather.
Seems like next Sunday is Mothers day again, and it brings us to especially realize just what Mother has meant to us in the past and is meaning to us in the present. The sphere in which Mother moves & has her being, exerting her influence for good, is univerally recognized as being that sphere wherin the best things of life and the fruits of the spirit are made manifest. Therefore, thought and memory, not merely once a year, but often and often, many times a year, pierce the distance from here to there and I thank Heaven for a good Mother.
Can imagine Maggie and the folks will be down there Sunday if the weather and roads are good. Would like to slip up on John Scott and Fletcher, hiding somewhere in their rendezvous and hear them making plans for some big future expedition or undertaking.
The news today, gave the weather report as continuing cold, with frost in many sections tonight. There was frost last night but not enough to cause any damage around here. Parts of Minnesota it froze.
Am sending you some balsom seed. Also sent Matye some. You can plant them most anywhere and they should be thinned down to about 6 or 8 inches; some of the plants, however, if in rich soil get to be as big around as a wash tub and they have mighty pretty flowers.
Are you still doing lots of neighborhood visiting? When you get around down there you will have to go up and spend a week with Maggie's folks; I know you always have a good time up there, even if you and Sis do get into difficulty trying to get each other not to work so hard; those quarrels --- I used to think I would have to whip both of you to make you simmer down. (Wonder where I got that word)
Hope you have a good time Sunday and some of the kids are down. Have been wanting to go to Eagle Grove and get you something but haven't gotten down, yet. Love to all
Letter post marked April 14, 1939
written on back of letter: Henry M. Pulham ranger pine mountain state
Dear Miss Ladd:
I started to write you a letter last night after I had put Dick to bed but got what I wanted to write all mixed up with what was being said on the radio, so put it off until today.
We are still having our winter. The ground has been freezing hard at night and didn't thaw a bit all day Tuesday. Easter Sunday was quite nice except for being a little cold in the morning. The afternoon was bright and fairly warm. We had a big attendance at church; the service was unusually long on account of receiving the new members into the church and communion service. John and I had a special invitation to spend the day at Fairmont, Minn. but I had a part in the special music for Easter so didn't like to leave. John went anyway and took Mrs. Geigel & Darlene along with him.
Looks like we were in for a good rain; the wind is in the South and has been blowing hard all day; the clouds are hanging low. Most of the farmers in this part of the country have their oats in the ground but about twenty miles north of here they haven't started to seed. It won't take them long, after they get started with their big machinery and tractors.
I had dinner at Eagle Grove, Sunday and attended the Vesper services at the Methodist church at four thirty; they surely had some fine singing.
Sorry to hear of the unseasonable weather down there at this time when the fruit trees were in bloom; this should have been the year for a good peach crop. Don't think our fruit is hurt as you can't see any buds as yet. We most always have apples and plums and a few grapes, there has been a few times that a freeze got them after they had set on the tree.
Eagle Grove is having a three day district music contest, starting today and ending Saturday evening. I may go down tonight if it doesn't look too much like rain; usually meet up with some folks from other towns that I have known. Several towns from Hardin County are on the list to appear. Think the content comprises five or six counties.
Know you are having a good time at home after your winters visit; but if the weather gets too bad, you had better tear out again and wait until Spring really arrives. Guess it will arrive up here some of these times as it always has, but winter is hanging on a mighty long time; there was two or three days in March when it got as high as 82 degrees, and since that it has dropped to about 10 above.
Other day I was over across the river looking for my geese and found a nice bunch of fish in a shallow pond that had gotten in it when the river was out of its banks when the ice was going out. It wasn't very cold that day and I got out in the water and herded them up in the narrows, got some old pieces of tin from the junk yard and corralled them; they were all carp, but this time of year their meat is tender and sweet.
Hope the puny folks are all better. Best regards to everybody. H.
Postmarked April 24, 1939
Enclosed - a frost stick wrapper, and a note from Dick also
Your package received April 19th; and it was very nice. Gave the folks across the tracks some of them. Planned to take a few up to the folks at Renwick last Saturday but forgot them. Also recd. the letter, Saturday and the post card along with a letter from Dot and one from Maggie recd. today. Think the preacher was out here the evening I was supposed to write to you and we visited too long.
Had dinner at home Sunday and in the afternoon Dick and I made a few fashionable calls. We went over to Marvels (the Reichters) out to Amossons and up to Johnnys. Sunday was a real nice day, only the wind blew mighty hard. Has been windy today but warm; think all the snow melted today. We had a regular blizzard last Monday, had about 7 inches of snow here and in the Northern part of the state, roads were blocked for two or three days.
Have been digging out some stumps today and getting ready to plow my garden: Want to plant some spuds and some of the early stuff this week. Think about next week I will do a little painting and may paper one room.
Tomorrow is practice night. Am in a mixed quartet for a number to be given at the Liberty Twp. schools and for a special number for church next Sunday. I had much rather sing in our male quartet but every once in a while we have a mixed qtet. guess it's because we four fellows have sang so much together and know what each other is going to do and then I suppose it sounds pretty good as we harmonize together and folks seem to like it. Anyway we have a good time getting to practice and a chance to sing.
I see a car just drove up and I rather suspect it is John; and he enters the door with two frost sticks; well, Dick and John are eating the frost sticks and I may get some of the conversation mixed up in what follows.
Think Dick is writing you a note, also. I always show him the part of the letter where his name is mentioned and he always grins.
Was up to Renwick last week and had dinner with the folks. A week ago Sunday was up to George & Winnies for Dinner. It rained most all day.
Glad to know the Hardaways are all on the mend again. Hope all the rest of you keep well.
Will write more the next time, but don't have any news and have said about all there is to say at this time. And I want to again thank you for the cookies (sweet cakes)
John is going back into town so will ride in with him and mail this and Dottys letter. Love to all, Harold
Harold gave me a few and boy wear they good.
It is the warmest night we have ever had we share can hear the frogs croaking I sheare wich you wear hear. I am going to stay with Harold tonight.
How are you folks done 'home I hope you are fine. Tell Matye and Dotty and Fletcher hallow fore me.
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Letter dated October 12th, 1939
My Dear Ma: -
Seems like I'm a little behind in my correspondence. But such is the one of many frailties of the species.
Think the last time I wrote you we were in the midst of very hot and dry weather. The scenes have shifted and we have had some quite cool days & nights this month. Last night there was frost, I think about the third one we have had. Have had some rain but not enough to soak the ground to any appreciable depth. The river started to move a little but will soon be dry again unless we have some more rain.
Haven't had any wells to work on this week, so far, but expect to start on one West of Goldfield, momentarily. Have all of the garden stuff taken care of. Had quite a few of the black-eyed peas, the seed of which I got from Winfield last Spring. Potatoes were pretty good, but I don't use many of them.
Don't know if I told you of the Gifford folks coming up a few Sundays ago. We sure had a nice visit and they all asked about you.
Last Sunday I spent the afternoon at Eagle Grove with Heinei & "Mother" Kircher; He is a retired conductor and I have known them about as long as I have anyone in Iowa. She is a great big woman, 6 feet tall and weighing around 285 pounds, good natured and full of fun. He is much smaller and as jolly as she.
Last Friday night, Johnny and I went to a box social, East of Eagle Grove. We managed to get inside for the duration of the program but when it came time to auction off the boxes, it became so overcrowded and so stuffy that I couldn't stand it any longer so I withdrew and it wasn't long until Johnny came out. We went into conference and decided that even if there were several boxes which evidently had charming attachees, there would still be that risk of uncertainty so we withdrew to less congested areas of Eagle Grove for the remainder of the evening.
Suppose Pap [Fletcher, jbs] has his wheat in the ground by this time and possibly is taking things a little easier. How did you enjoy the Meade County Fair? Would like to have been down there; I'm sure I would have seen about all the people I know in the County.
Don't have any pigs at this writing but they will start to coming about first of next week. I may decide to sell them soon after weaning time or thereabouts and if I do, there will still be time to spend the greater part of the winter in fairer climes. You know we have to do these things so long as we are forced to strive in the marts of economic strife & gain. I am still hopeful that there will be some retiring farmer who will want to buy a place in town and decide on this as his future home.
Love & Best regards to all.
PS Tell Matye the first rainy evening or the first snow will drape the mantle of inspiration about me, resulting in a reply to her letter.
I've decided not to join the throng who hangs gates upside down, and tips over PWA houses etc. Have been expecting to hear something outside, as Dick usually plays a few pranks. Have a good fire here in the kitchen and have just finished supper. Made me a hash of rabbit meat, onions, potatoes and tomatoes and of course had bread and butter and plenty of rich milk. Sweet Pea [probably a pig, jbs] was highly gratified with his portion.
Have been cutting wood today and will cut tomorrow if Walter doesn't call on me to help him. We are having clear cold weather and am afraid we will go into the winter with very little moisture and many cisterns dry. Corn picking, I would say is 2/3 complete and another big crop is in the offing. Wish you could see the steel bins at all elevators in all towns. Much of the 38 crop and practically all the 37 crop which was under seal has been shelled and delivered to the elevators. Many of the farmers bought their steel bins and are storing this corn on their farms, receiving seven [sic] cents per bu. which goes a long way in paying for the bin. Practically all farms have complied with the AAA and are sealing the 39 crop over and above their feeding requirements for the coming year. There is some corn on the cash market for we little fellows to buy at 38 to 40 cents. Last year many of the farmers sealed all their corn at 57 cents and bought on the cash market for 36 cents; this year, however, not nearly so many are doing it. And the big question mark??? What are they going to do with all this corn that is piling up? Well, we will let Mr. Wallace do the worrying and I'm sure he is one man who would like to see a lean year. True the acreage has been cut down but with the advent of hybrid there seems to be about as much corn raised as usual.
Sorry to hear you have been under the weather and hope you are on the mend. Have an idea, since you have been changing eating tables so often, recently, you have a tendency to overeat. Its my honest opinion, but I wouldn't want it to get around, that good cooks kill more over-indulgent men than the poor ones do. Now just watch me when I come down and you will see that I don't practice what I preach.
Had a bunch of callers from Owasa & Iowa Falls Sunday before last and I happened to be away as usual. Quite often I find a note when returning, indicating that someone has been here during my absence.
Am getting plenty of eggs to eat and some to sell. My white rock pullets will not start to lay until the first of the year. I eat lots of eggs and am getting plenty of milk and cream. Have two bushels of wheat and with my sweet corn meal and some soy beans, I should get fat this winter.
Take good care of your self and give my regards to the well folks as well as the sick ones.
P.S. Recd. Maggies card this AM saying Miss Ladd was on the move again. I'm sure you are having a nice time and will recuperate in a hurry. Know you will enjoy the green-house at this season of the year and the comforts of the home. Now don't you and Maggie quarrel about who is doing too much work; both of you take it easy and have a good visit. How is the APA [sic] and all the rest of the household? It's turned real cold during the afternoon and will freeze hard tonight; think I will stay around the fire here at home.
[Empty Evelope, postmarked Jan. 8, 1940. From C.S. Scott Goldfield
Ia to Mrs. C.L. Scott Lyndon Ky. c/a J.L.Witt]
It's pretty hard for me to stay in out of this rain as it is the first we have had for many, many days. Yesterday was the hottest day I ever saw, I believe. The wind was blowing from the s-w and seemed to be about as hot as the breeze that strikes you as you open the oven door to look at the biscuits. The rain just started about 15 mins. ago and was preceded by hailstones as big as guinea eggs. There wasn't any wind and the stones came straight down. It was amusing to watch the geese and other poultry, but they had sense enough to get under the trees. There wasn't enough hail to damage anything to speak of. There is quite a little electricity at this moment but the rain has stopped. Seems to be a mass of cold air moving in from the arctic circle and hope you folks get some too, that is if it is as hot down there as it has been up here. Corn and gardens are hurt quite seriously. Corn had started to tassel and those that were out is cooked. I can see lots of white caps in my field.
Well, me and my partner were the low bidders on the school work and we are now in the midst of a rush season. We have also a request for a new well. Tackled the toughest job, first, and started to work on it last Tuesday. We do all the work from decorating the interior to digging holes or pits for the pooparahs. Yesterday, the heat about got me down; I was blasting some big rocks to use in the foundation and the dynamite got me down. We wouldn't have worked in the afternoon, regardless, so we took the PM off.
Last Saturday, I went on a little trip. Left home about 9:30 AM and stopped off at Dows for awhile to see some folks and then on to Iowa Falls, where I purchased me some specs and fraternized with some of the good brothers and sisters. Got down to Owasa in time to eat supper with Jake and Marie Trickey and went to Eldora for the evening. Came back with Jake and Marie for the night and Sunday AM spent part and of the time visiting friends. Was down to Guy's and Zoe's for dinner and got to see some friends who were there also for dinner from Des Moines. After it cooled off a bit, I started making the rounds at Gifford and left down there about seven PM. Stopped in at Rudies and Marians on my way back and was there till about ten thirty, and then on home. Had a real nice time and got to see so many folks I hadn't seen for so long. All the folks at Gifford and Owasa were asking about you and FM & D.
Well, it is raining real hard and there isn't much wind. Hope we get two or three inches. I may get a chicken or two drowned which refused to be rescued. Some hens stole their nests out, and the little chickens are wild as they can be. Received your letter this week and hope Pap has recovered from the trots. Best regards to all, and hope all are well.
Postmarked Lyndon, Ky, 7 AM, Feb 1, 1941
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott Guston KY
My Dear Mama -
I meant to send you a card last night but Bud left before I got one written - well now haven't you enjoyed this sunshine today. I think you should be getting out some. Bud and I wanted to go down so bad tomorrow but seems like it can't be arranged. He is going to do some work for Mr Wilcut on his barn. I have been finishing up some sewing today, don't think I am going to have so much to do next week. The news from Miss Mamie is that she is very low. Tell Edith Lillian doesn't have mumps and is feeling fine. I talked to her last night and today. Margaret heard from her Achievement test and she made 10 point 3 which means she is up past the second year in high school. She has at least seemed to be over her cold. If it suits, J.S. and I will probably be down next weekend but we don't want to disturb anybody's plans. Did John F. go away first of week? Love Maggie
Postmarked April 10, 1941
Dear Folks. -
The change in the time of our night train seems to have disrupted my writing habits. I used to be able to do my work, eat my supper and then write and mail a letter, but since they go at six o'clock, it doesn't seem like I can get a letter started on them.
This morning looked kinda rainy, so Walter didn't come over and I worked here about the place till noon. This afternoon we went out South West of Renwick and worked on a well. We are down 118 feet and the indications are pretty good for water. Had quite a bit of trouble with sand shooting up in our casing; sometimes to a height of forty feet and of course we just had that much more to clean out before we could go down any further.
I mailed Pap a package this morning. It contained some alfalfa seed and some flax. The alfalfa may be something entirely different but it was bought for Cossak; the very best seed in the line of the species. The flax can be sown like oats or can be cultivated in narrow rows, just as a matter to keep the weeds down. Flax are used for a good many things; the main use is for the oil and the pulp or fiber for live stock. However, the seed are good to use in different ways for cooking. If a person needs a good laxative, there is nothing better than a table spoon full, soaked over night in water. Of course it would be better if they could be ground up. If a tablespoon full won't do the job a half of tea cup will.
Took in 7 dozen eggs this AM and bought me a few concentrates at the grocery. A fellow has to have a few things on hand this time of year but I rely mostly on milk, cream and eggs. Haven't planned my garden, but don't think I will put out very much.
Know you folks are having a good time keeping house. Wish I could drop in some night for supper. Hope you both keep well. Guess Matye is having a good time out at her sisters in Oklahoma. Hope the bus trip didn't tucker her out and it possible wouldn't if it didn't happen to be crowded. Is Dotty still working up at the Fort? Hope she has a good job by now.
Went to church Sunday and had my same class of boys. We got along fine. Had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Wear and long toward evening I went down to Eagle Grove. They had some Easter singing at the Legion Hall Sunday night but I didn't go as I had heard the same thing previous. Last night, Geo & Winnie stopped by and we three went down to Rudies & Marions. Haven't been up to Renwick this week, but Winnie said Mrs. Geigel wasn't feeling very good.
Again, I say, I hope everyone is well. Tell Aunt Mag, many thanks for the letter. Regards, CHS.
Still too wet to work in the fields and there is still frost in the ground. No oats sown. Feed yards are knee deep. Every one has gone hog wild up here. You can't hardly buy a brood sow. There should be a big pig crop & if things don't go one sided over across the pond, they should be a good price next Fall. Eggs are 19 cts. Corn around 50.
Postmarked May 1, 1941
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott, Guston, Ky
I read your letter yesterday after I came back from work and was glad to hear of the surprises and to know you are fine. Didn't work at the well business today, so have been doing some cleaning up and put out a few cabbage & tomato plants. It has been threatening rain most all day and has been raining in some parts of Iowa but we haven't gotten but a few drops around here. Johnny dropped in while ago and we chatted while I was washing dishes and pans and scrubbing off the tables. Am glad I get one meal out per day as it is pretty hard to cook at this period of the season. Think I got kinda spoiled by being down there so long and having someone else do all the cooking, I haven't seemed to get settled back to where my own cooking seems good, anymore. I guess it was the good cornbread, raw gubbers and those big platters of roast beef that still haunt me.
Was up to Bablers last Sunday for dinner. They had lots of other company including Mrs. Geigel & Lena and part of the Deans. I didn't go to church but was at Sunday school. The Madisons were having a big day and I wanted to see them before I went to Renwick. It was Mrs. Madisons birthday celebration and quite a few of the children were there; of course there are 14 living children and it is hard for all of them to get home at once.
I think most of the farmers have all of their oats in by now and are getting ready for corn. The ground is working nicely but could stand a rain. My new seeding North of the house is looking fine and should make a good crop if the dandelions don't shade the ground too much. Guess I should have torn up the surface with the cultivator and disked it besides but I think it will be OK anyway.
Didn't sell my calf when I got back as decided to make a baby beef out of it. It's better than four months old and can't milk the old cow dry. I usually get from a gallon to two gallons after it has all it wants. Would get another calf but am afraid it might have the contagious scours and that's a mighty bad disease to have on a place.
I'm sure your yard looks pretty and I know the valley must look very pretty also. Sweet clover is beginning to make pretty good pasture up here and other grasses are showing up. In here where it is protected, the blue grass is plenty good enough to pasture and I have the cow out across the road where she seems to get her fill without much difficulty.
It's five o'clock and I want to get up town before the stores close so had better hurry along. Hope all are well and am sure there is plenty of work to keep everyone out of mischief. Best regards to all. C.H.S.
Postmarked Nov. 26, 1941 note
To: Mrs. C.L. Scott, Lyndon, KY C/O J.L.Witt
The clock just struck ten, but will write this letter tonight as I might have a dozen and one things to do tomorrow. Got thru the carpenter job and have two wells to put down as soon we can get the casing. Have been cutting some wood and kinda cleaning up from the past three weeks which I didn't find much time to do anything around the house. Last night I dressed five guineas and delivered them around different places this evening; also took a goose up to the folks at Renwick for the Thanksgiving dinner. I had lots of fun taking the dressed guineas and leaving them at places where I am invited to dine so often. Last year I dressed ten ducks for this occasion, and I should dress three or four this time. Don't know if I ever told you of Mr. & Mrs. Kircher; He is a pensioned railroader at Eagle Grove and they go by the name of Mother and Heinie. You never stop laughing from the time you enter until you leave their house. They are the jolliest old couple I ever saw and have known them since 1914. I had quite a chat with them tonight.
Got my horses home today and after I drag some wood, I will either sell them or let them out to some farmer for their feed. It's a shame to see these good horses selling for the price they are bringing. Also sold the big calf. I don't know what he weighed out but I asked 85 dollars and got 82.50. Isn't so bad for a sucking calf. The other one is about ready to sell and he is worth between 25 and 30. The old cow could handle two calves, but don't think I will get another one unless I see something that doesn't have to be kept too long.
There is a big basket ball game in town tonight, the first one of the season and I had planned to go, but by the time I got home and got the house warmed up, decided I wasn't needed up there.
Have had some chances to sell geese for Thanksgiving, but have been gone all the time. I expect some of them to call tomorrow. Geese are a pretty good price, 12 cents and I think I will just catch them up and sell the whole caboodle and not fool around with catching one at a time. Chickens aren't a very good price and mine are eating their heads off. Think I will sell the old hens this week sometime and if I can't sell the roosters for breeders, I'll put them on the block.
Got a card, I think it was yesterday, from you. Glad to hear everything is fine down there (except the roads). Pa [Fletcher?, jbs] should have every pig path rocked out that way, in view of his political status --- We have had some real cold weather the past week and was promised a blizzard, but it didn't get much farther than the Dakotahs. Don't think it is freezing any to speak of tonight. I think most of the beans have been harvested. Many of the combines were going all night when the weather permitted. Mrs. French has been quite low the past week. Mrs. Geigel plans to have 26 for Thanksgiving. Hope it's a nice day. Best regards to all. C.H.S.
This clipping offers a little comment of the pheasant season that closed last week; thought Fletcher might enjoy it.
Thursday 5:00 pm
Didn't put this letter in the box this morning, so will have to take it in town. Don't know where I would get any news to add, so will say the weather is fine; lots of people out fishing along the river. Have twelve quarts of apples on the stove, cooking. May can a few more as I like apple sauce along with fish and rabbit. Guess I will give most of the plums away if I can find anyone who can use them. Had company last night so didn't get in to the program & band concert.
You spoke of your ear; don't you think it would be possible that there is some hard wax that needs cleaning out? Hope you get it straightened up.
Letter dated May 4, 1942 note
It's after 11 PM and I just got things straightened around for the night. Had some extra work in the kitchen and don't think I will have to work tomorrow so don't make much diffence if I do get to bed later than usual.
Your card came today, and will say we could spare you some of our rain, and also some of the cold weather if you wanted it thrown in. It actually froze last night. There was ice on the tanks this morning and a heavy frost was visible on the roofs. Glad I don't have out any tomato plants. A few farmers are thru planting corn, but it will be just too bad if the cold wet weather continues for very long. Had planned to spend last Sunday in Des Moines, but it was so cold and rainy Sunday morning that we postponed the trip until next Sunday. Was invited down to Rudies for the day but didn't go down there either. I like to go down there when it is nice out of doors, so Rudy and I can browse along the river.
Walter and I are still on our five inch well down by Woolstock and reached a depth of 120 feet today. We should strike water within 15 feet. Had an unusual experience today when we struck a gas pocket. I had gone to Woolstock to get some gasoline and when I got back, Walter had stopped the machine and was listening to the rumbling. As soon as I got my nose close, it reminded me of the sulphur wells down there. We didn't strike a match as it was too near the buildings.
Suppose you have your sugar ration book by this time. I will get mine sometime Wednesday. Have a little over four pounds on hand, so will have some coupons cut out of my book. I don't use a half pound per week. Some weeks I don't use any. Have a little canned fruit on hand and some jell. [sic] Think we will all find out that we will be better off with less of the crystals, but I do like a little brown sugar once in a while; and the strange thing, brown sugar is always quite a bit higher up here than the white.
Have my plowing all done and will get the planting done just as soon as the weather permits. Had a tractor to do the work, so am getting quite modern along with the rest.
Imagine the children will be down there this next Sunday if it's a nice day. John S. hasn't gone to Panama yet, has he? Glad to know that Gid [sic] is able to be around again. Possibly, with the right diet, a little special attention and proper sanitation, he will come thru in good shape.
Not much news from this quarter, only that I have six of the finest pigs in the country. Love CHS
P.S. You might prepare the boys for another Iowa oddity;;;;
I killed two rats and mortally wounded two more with one shot from the 22, a few evenings ago.
Letter dated June 8, 1942
Dear Aunt Lad:
Was just sitting here thinking about you so thought I would just write you a few lines. You see you didn't think I ever thought of you did you, but you are wrong. I am feeling pretty good these days, much better than I have for the past three years, so maybe I am going to live after all.
I went down to Tulsa, Oklahoma over Decoration day to see Bill and Fern, spent two nights there, left Friday night and back here Sunday night. They are getting along just fine and are as happy as can be. Henry and Eloise came over from Shawnee Saturday night, they are both well. Owen is working at a defense plant in Norman, Oklahoma, so he can't get away as he works Sundays and all. It is a Naval training station they are building. He hasn't been working there long, but seems to be tickled he has something to do. Bill doesn't know when he will have to go to war. I guess his job where he is now is rather vital, but he is in Class 3-A I think. He doesn't have to worry about getting a comission as the government is crying for men in his line of work. I hope nothing happens that he will have to give up his nice little home that they bought after they were married. It will be real pretty when the trees and shrubbery and flowers, and grass, all get growing good.
How and where is your "William" and when does he graduate from West Point? Every time I hear a radio broadcast, or see a picture from there I always think maybe I will see or hear his name. I listened to Vox Pop the night they were broadcasting from there. I feel so proud of him - he may not be another "General MacArthur" but he will be good enough for us, won't he? But I always feel sad too when I think of all the boys whose lives will be sacrificed, I never see a soldier walking down the street that I don't get a lump in my throat. Have any of the boys been drafted, or enlisted, yet, I mean the Scott tribe? There are so many of them I forget their ages and whether they will have to go or not.
How are you feeling these days? I hope you are good for a long, long time yet. Is Aunt Kate still living? She must be awfully old if she is.
We are having some real summer now after a late cool start. I didn't like the cool weather but neither do I like the hot. Hard to please. Now that they are freezing all the charge accounts I will have to go naked when my present clothes wear out. The cost of living has sure gone up.
Well, can't think of any more questions so better close. Hope you can write me sometime one of your newsy letters and remember me to all, especially Maggie. Lots of love to you and be careful this hot summer don't run around too much.
As ever, Lula
Letter marked June 19th, 1942
I went to work as usual this morning over at Thor; but the rain chased us home at 10 oclock. There was a heavy rain north and west of us but not very much fell around here. I have some hay down that was cut last Monday. It is the heaviest crop of alfalfa I ever saw. Hope the fellow comes out this PM and turns it with the side delivery rake. I had it cut on shares; for half. Hope to cut the next two crops myself and have it bailed in the field. I don't have any hay tools and hate to borrow any. Mr. Coleman has an old mower that is in pretty good shape and I figure on going up there after it as soon as I have time.
I see in your letter today that you are also getting a surplus of moisture. Well, I had much rather see too much rain than a return of those hot dry years that we had in the middle thirties. Everything is looking the very best and the foliage of everything seems so luxuriant and healthy.
It has cleared off and looks like we might have some nice weather for a few days. I should go down to Eagle Grove this afternoon and get some chickens. Am not quite decided if I should get some that are two or three weeks old, or just day old ones. The twenty five that I put with one hen seem to be doing fine. Purchased them some wheat yesterday; it cost 93 cents per bushel. My pigs are doing fine but thought I should slacken up on their corn diet and give them some wheat or oats. Seems like young pigs do so much better on some other cereal except corn, until they have reached about 100 pounds.
I'm sure you folks had a fine time last Sunday and would like to have been there with you. What is John Scott's status quo in regard to the draft? Have they decided that his vocation is necessary to the vital industry of war materials? I know up in this country, those kind of people are hard to find and there are calls sent out about every night over the radio. That Bill seems to be quite an enterprising and ambitious young chap. The way it seems, now, flying is the most important part of their training. Do they still have some soldiers at Fort Knox, in connection with the civilian contingent? Wonder if they won't have to expand again, soon.
When I had my hay cut, I salvaged a guinea, one pheasant, and one hen pheasant got away minus a leg. It was all quite gruesome, but guess it couldn't be helped. Figured on getting some young rabbits but decided my meat supply was ample.
There don't seem to be any news; and you have heard my week end happenings many, many times. I still move in about the same social circle. Nothing drastic ever seems to happen.
Hope all are well. I'm sure you enjoy the company that drops in on you so often. Hope it doesn't get such a busy place down there, that this old and approved custom has to side-track for this chaos and indecent haste we find prevelent in so many places. True, this is an emergency, but I hope it don't break the chain of tradition.
Best regards to all----------C.H.S.
Letter dated July 28th, 1942
Here it is with July almost gone and the mosquito season in full swing. I just got home from Mr. Wear's. Went up there pretty soon after supper and chatted him awhile. He has a man staying with him since Mrs. Wear died. This man is a pretty good cook and has quite a little store experience; so they seem to be getting along fine. Speaking of mosquitos they sure are bad this year; owing to the wet weather, and of course I am here on the river besides.
Joe and Marie are back from Northern Minn; where they have spent several weeks. Joe teaches this time down near where Mayme & Edd live. Joe & his nephew stayed all night with me last night. Mrs. Madison had a full house over there and sent a couple of them over here.
Didn't work this morning on account of the rain. Started raining sometime during the early morning hours and rained until around nine o'clock. Got some weeds cut around my cornfields. Wish you could see my corn; it is about the nicest I ever saw. One more rain will make it. Hope we don't have any hail or hard wind storms. Some of these folks who figure on combining their oats may get hit pretty hard. The oats are dead ripe and of course are going down and the weeds and grass is coming up. Some of them cut their oats with a binder and let them come out in wind rows and this has its good features, but if there happens to be a prolonged wet spell the oats get close to the ground and start to sprout. I think, about half the crop is in the shock and the threshing machines will start as soon as the weather will permit.
You should have seen me driving geese tonight with the car. They had gotten up to Mark's by way of the river and I had to bring them down the road; and believe me, I shoved them when I got behind them. If I had tried to bring them down the river, they get over next to the far bank and just set and paddle. I have guided them down with the rifle and that works pretty good. A little hard on ammunition, however. When they start for the far bank, I just shoot in the water as close to them as I dare, and that seems to guide them down the stream in good shape.
I was up in the country of ten thousand lakes last Sunday. Wayne Rasmussen and I started out from his place around seven AM. Stopped at Renwick and had breakfast. Got Lena and landed in Fairmont about 11 AM. Mrs. Geigel had spent the week up there with her sister and we brought her back. It sure is a nice place up there. Lakes all round the town and extend for several miles to the South. Wish you could have seen me riding a bicycle on the lake. Sounds odd, doesn't it: That will be one for John and Fletcher to figure out. This bicycle had two pontoons and the peddles operated a stern wheel.
Sure got lots of good out of the folder you sent me. Think I told you how long it was coming.
I heard on the radio tonight, that Uncle Sam advocated that these factory workers take a vacation and build up their reserve of energy; I sure wish John Scott could come up and spend a week or ten days with me. I think, however, that he has a pretty good time just in coming down there and spending the weekends, and it's sure nice that he can. What kind of work is Mary L. doing now?
Wish you had about 22 of my ducks. Think you would eat one about every day so you would get rid of them. They are mighty pretty and I have lots of fun watching them; but they eat their heads off. Of course they could make their own living on the river, but they like their corn after they get used to it. Every once in a while, some strange ones come dragging in with the others and they soon cultivate a taste for corn.
Hope all are well and best regards. Love, Harold.
Letter dated August 19, 1942
Presume this letter will find you in the land of the Hoosiers. Hope you made the trip in good shape, and I'm sure you are having a good time. It's nice that Margaret Alma can accompany you on this trip and I'm sure you have enjoyed having her with you at home, part of the Summer.
Am staying at home today. Canning some peaches and apples. It's a nice day to work but I didn't look up a job last night, and have a few things here at home that needs attending to. Guess most everyone has plenty of water as we haven't had a call for wells for better than a week.
The weather seems to be settled, and everyone is hoping that this big crop of corn will have a chance to mature before frost. Don't believe I ever saw such a crop. Yesterday, I was helping a neighbor haul in baled hay, and our road out to the hayfield took us thru his corn. Some of the hills had five and six nice ears, but every stalk had at least one nice big ear. This neighbor I just spoke of, and myself, really put up hay on a big scale. We used the tractor and had it hitched to a skid, and behind the skid, we had a rubber tired wagon. We hauled between 70 and 75 bales at a trip. Our trips were rather long ones; about a mile or a little more. I was good and tired when dark came; and it was almost dark when we had finished topping out the rick of bales. There is lots of hay in the country, but most of it has been somewhat damaged by the excessive rainfall. I harvested my second crop in fairly good shape, it got rained on, however.
There is plenty to eat in this country at all times, but at the present time there seems to be a superabundance. I have four kinds of beans in the garden; also sweet corn, tomatoes and that is about all. I especially enjoy the bush lima beans. They are so easy to cook, and seem to stick to my ribs. Marie has about garnered her winters supply from my garden. Have furnished several bushels of beans and sweet corn to a variety of good hearted matrons. Am sure glad to have something to give away once in a while, as it seems to be I am usually the recipient.
Some wild varmint committed depredations on Dick's chicken coop, last night, killing 20 of his six week old chickens. Something got after mine a few weeks ago, but I opened up a blitzkrieg with my old fouling peace and nothing has been back since. There are lots of coon in the country, but they haven't found my chickens, yet. The ducks stay on the river at night, but they just play with the marauders. When they are little, many a duckling pays dearly for his freedom of the great open places but those that survive are surely fine specimens. Have forty three, and it sure is fun to watch them on the river.
How do you find all the folks in Indiana? How long do you figure on remaining? Suppose you will have to return in time for M.A. to prepare for school. Our school starts on the 31st; of this month. It has been rather difficult to procure teachers. There seems to be a shortage. Believe I told you that Joe teaches 40 or 50 miles South of here. They have been here for two weeks; Joe and I have our sessions but it doesn't seem to clear up the foreign situation to any noticeable extent.
Well, Miss Ladd, have a good time with the folks and stay as long as you can. Give my best regards to all. C.H.S.
Letter dated August 26, 1942
Dear Aunt Ladd:
It is raining pitchforks this morning so thought it would be a good time to answer your sweet leter. I would have answered sooner but was waiting to get the pictures back from Henry and he is a slow-poke when it comes to writing. He was glad to see the pictures, especially Fletcher's since they were sort of buddies back in the old days. He said he looks like Uncle Charlie. I was so glad to get them myself, and think they are all grand and hate to send them back but I don't blame you for wanting to keep them, and I didn't see anything wrong with Fletcher's clothes, think he looks grand, and so does your Bill, and hank you for the compliment in saying that Dottie reminds you of ME, my goodness if I had ever been that pretty I know I would have been "stuck up". Reminds you of me, huh, her with the curly hair and little feet, and me with hair as straight as a string and big feet, well, as I said before, thank you for the compliment, and thank you for letting me keep the picture.
I'm glad to know that your "gang" are all doing so well and hope they can keep up the good work. Ft. Knox is close to where Lizzie Stiles lives, Cecilia, I was over at Ft. Knox the last time I was in Ky, went over there with Lela Mae, she was attending some sort of a party there, but I didn't stay for the party. No doubt it has changed immensely since I was there I think in 1935 or 6. I wish I didn't live so far away so I could run out to see you once in a while, wouldn't we have a good time?
Owen is working at the Naval Training station at Norman, Oklahoma, he has been working nights for some time now, guess he is getting along all right, of course Henry is still with the factory at Shawnee, they have a contract to make 50,000 war pants by December, so he is kept busy. Bill hasn't been called to the army yet, it may be that his work is vital to war industry, but I haven't heard from him for some time, not since I was down there in fact, he is the world's worst writer, and Henry is next. I may go down to see them when I get my vacation but am not certain yet. They say the trains are so crowded now, with so many soldiers going "hither and yon", and I sure couldn't stand up although I hear people do have to stand sometimes. The soldiers comfort comes first in everything to my notion, every time I see one it makes me sick to think what they are in for. Thousands of lives will be sacrificed and I wonder if the world will be better when it is over.
I laid in some clothes for next summer while they were having sales, got three dresses and a blouse, one is a black crepe with red pansies which I think I can wear under my fur coat this winter, another is a crepe dress with jacket, striped, blue and rose, and the other is a brown linen two piece, and the blouse is white permanent finish organdy with tucks down the front, all hand made, was $8.95 and I paid $2.95 for it. I got the whole mess for the price of one good dress. All I have to buy this winter is a hat and purse. If the war industry could use old hats I could sure donate a pile of them, why I save them is beyond me. Nothing looks funnier than an out-of-date hat.
Well, I guess I had better cut this out and try to find something to do before the boss comes in, although I doubt if he comes down unless it stops raining. He isn't feeling very well and looks bad I think and I just sort of hold my breath for fear he will drop off like so many of them are doing these days. He is 80 years old.
How is dear Maggie, give her my love, and also all the others and to you the best love of all. Thanks again for the pictures and hope they get back home safely.
As ever, Lula
Envelope postmarked Sep. 3, 1942
To Mrs. C.L. Scott, Jamestown, Indiana
c/a H. W. Scott, RR
Just had my dinner and there isn't much rushing this afternoon, so will answer the letter I received this morning. So you let the others go on home; well, that's the thing. I know you will have a good time messing around with the Hoosiers; wish I was there to mess around with all of you. Lots of news in your letter as I hadn't heard any word from that quarter for a long time. I didn't know but what Bud had joined up with the air force, as I seem to have gotten that impression the last time I was down there. Eagle Grove and Clarion have combined in making it possible for a school of instructions in aeronautics with the flying field at Clarioin. The enlistees do their studying at the Eagle Grove Junior College. The rank and file appears to be very much depleted around this part of Iowa and they have started to take married men with dependents. John F. has been deferred until February, Gordon Bell left for a camp in Kansas last Wednesday a week ago. So far, I haven't been able to sell my place and get things in shape --- just in case Uncle Sam should tap me on the shoulder. The town electrician and a lathe man, who are around 53 and 60 respectively, have been called in for an examination. I listed my occupation as farming; best fitted for telegraph opr. and as having two years experience in the lumber business. I still have a good squirrel eye and they may want me to help bring the Japs down out of the rubber trees.
It's going to be chilly tonight. We have had rain the past night and day (Tues. nite & Wed.) and today it is clear. There was a report of frost at some places in the Northern part of the state last week. A little frost wouldn't do much harm at this time, but the beans couldn't stand a hard one and the corn is not in shape to stand a freeze. It's a little early for much cold weather but we can look for a frost at any time. I hope none of you folks needed any plums. I have bushels of them going to waste. There were some neighbors here this AM to pick up some. I took a few real ripe ones over to Mrs. Madison to make some of her famous plum sunshine.
My friend, the Editor and his family have moved to Nebraska and I sure will miss them. Don't believe I ever knew a much nicer family. The children were models in any age in place. Two of the boys are in the service, one girl is married, one girl in school at Des Moines and three still with their parents. This little clipping is by their father. The lad mentioned, just graduated from high school last year and joined the air force about two weeks ago.
Last Tuesday evening, Geneva stopped by on her way to Des Moines and we drove down to Eagle Grove for supper. This is her second year as teacher in the Des Moines schools. Her two brothers are teachers; one an instructor in radio at some government school in Minn. and the oldest brother is a professor in Stanford University California.
John and his sister went up North in Minn. to spend a week or so fishing. A couple from down near Davenport were along and I was supposed to go with them, but I was most too busy and its most awfully hard to get someone to look after things when you are away.
Now, have a good time, Miss Ladd and give all the folks my best regards. Thanks for sending the clipping. Am returning it, herewith. Love. C.H.S.
Letter dated October 2, 1942
Between supper and news time
Dear Miss Ladd:-
My, My! but it is hard to keep up with you. I wonder where you will be visiting next. I'm sure you have enjoyed it all, and it's mighty nice that you can visit around like that.
I sent a letter to Lyndon after you had left there. It was addressed to Maggie and everyone who cared to read it. Glad to know John Scott is doing good and is still able to be around home most of the time.
You mentioned about having frost, in your last card sent me; well, we have had all kinds of winter weather -- weather that has broken all previous records. The last few days have been clear and hot, with the thermometer up in the eighties. I didn't have my third cutting of alfalfa mowed, and the snow mashed it down, somewhat; but I have it in the bale out in the field. Plan on putting it up tomorrow afternoon.
Walter and I are working up Northwest of Renwick on a new well. We don't plan on working tomorrow as we have some home jobs that need looking after. I want to get my hay put up; get some cobs put in the shed before they get wet and a few more shocks of fodder cut. I helped John shell corn last monday. He shelled around 3,000 bushels, so that makes a lot of cobs, and they are good fuel to start fires with and do a little cooking.
Dick stayed with me last night and we had our breakfast together this morning. Mrs. Madison had gone down to Marie's for the night. Edna has been home for a few days. She is now living near Chicago.
I salvaged quite a few things from the garden before the freeze and have a nice basket of tomatoes. Dug my peanuts a few days ago. Had about a hat full of nice ones and have been robbing the hills for some time before I dug them. In a good long season, I believe we could grow some pretty good ones. Have a fresh cow just around the corner, and I hope it isn't too far around the corner. The dairy sells milk at 11 cents per quart; but I get bootleg milk at seven cents per quart. No one is allowed to sell milk in town without a license and other regulatory measures to numerous to mention.
This country will not have the touch of color this Fall as it did last season at this time and later. The leaves will turn dark and fall off when we get our next rain. I'll never forget how pretty it was down there that fall John and I were down. Wish you had one of my pears to eat when they get ripe. They are about the best I ever ate, I do believe. Still have some apples on the trees and they don't seem to be hurt in the least; in fact, I think some cold weather is good for them.
Geneva stopped by on her way to Minnesota this evening and had four Des Moines school marms with her. I felt quite honored but sorry I didn't have on a bow tie; Had on my white cap, however, so presume that will suffice.
Took a young rooster along to Renwick this morning and left it at Mrs. Geigels; so, Walter and I were there for dinner. I brought some of it back for supper. The Evangelical Ladies Aid is serving a chicken supper at Renwick tomorrow night and Mrs. Geigel said she had a ticket bought for me, but don't think I can get up; We have our choir practice.
Well, Miss Ladd, I hope you found things in good shape when you got home; with eggs in every basket. You and Miss Maggie can visit each other and rehearse the highlights of your recent adventures to Indiana.
Hope all are well and I send best regards to each and everyone. Harold.
Envelope postmarked Dec. 3, 1942 note
Dear Miss Ladd:-
I am a little late in putting my washing out to dry, but I went hunting this afternoon and just left it on the stove to cook. It will dry in a hurry here in the house as I have both stoves going. The sheets will go out on the line tomorrow.
Well, winter is upon us in real old style fashion. We have a good 12 inches of snow on the level. So far, there hasn't been enough wind to pile it up to speak of. Started in snowing a week ago tonight and last Friday night another heavy blanket was dumped upon us. I know, for I was out in most of it and had to dig my way back into the garage when I got home. It is about ten degrees below at this time and is clear. It's sure nice to have plenty of feed and wood handy when we become tied up like this; although, I have enjoyed getting out and cutting wood in the snow. A fellow can always keep warm when he has something like that to keep him busy. Have been hunting a few times and have kept myself & some of
the neighbors stocked with fresh meat.
Had a letter from both Winfield and Maggie, recently, and Winfield sent me Bud's [Winfield's son?, jbs] address, so will have to write them some of these winter days while I have plenty of time. Guess I'm like most all men in the respect that I don't like to write letters, but sure like to pull them out of the mail box. Also had a Christmas card from Sargt. Stanley. Wonder where the boy is? It wouldn't surprise me if he got to be a Lieut. I always figured he had the stuff in him that takes to make it wherever he might be and under most circumstances.
Walter and I haven't worked for about a week. He called me up last Friday and had a pump job, but I had other arrangements and didn't go out on the job. We have two wells to put down if and when the weather permits. It isn't so bad working in the wintertime at that job if we can keep out of the wind. In real cold weather, our outside overalls freeze and we have that perfect protection from the cold, all except our hands.
Haven't been up to Renwick for quite a little while. Had a card from Lena last week saying Mrs. Geigel had a bad cold. They have an oil heating system and have been quite gravely concerned about getting enough fuel to keep the temperature up to seventy. I think Mrs. Geigel could stand it even better than Lena could.
Sold seven geese for Thanksgiving. Received 16 cents per pound. They were quite heavy; one weighing 18 & 1/2 pounds. Still have 22 of my ducks. Some of them strayed too far on the river and got shot and some got into flocks of wild ones and are no doubt down in the heart of Texas by this time. Guess the old hens have gone on a strike, as I'm not getting any eggs. Have four or five dozen in my Kentucky basket and they come in handy, when I need a change of diet. Think I have six or eight this week. I usually soft boil them and then have some toast and coffee to fill up the extra space. Milk is my chief diet and I use lots of it. Don't know how I would get along without it. Haven't gotten my corn ground for meal but must try and get it done tomorrow. Kinda looked for Dick over tonight and we were going to have a corn shelling and pop some corn. Didn't get any walnuts this time out had some left from last year and they are still good.
Seems like I always finish up my letters on the top of the page. Guess I will have to get bigger pages. Don't think there are many cars on the road, due to gasoline rationing and the snow. I suppose if the roads would have been good and not so cold, I possibly would have been out. It's nice to get snowed under, however, and I always find plenty to do, and then I have time to read.
Hope all are well, down that way and best regards to one and all.