Cast of “Characters”
Mother Carson~~My 2nd Great grandmother Orrenda Willes Carson
Grace~~My Great Grandmother Grace Louise Carson Stockmaster
Uncle Oliver~~My 2nd Great Uncle Oliver F Wills, Orrenda’s brother in Iowa
Ral~ My 2nd Great Uncle (Great Grand Uncle) James Ralston Carson Jr., DVM
Louisa~~My second great Aunt Louise Willes Clark~~Orrenda’s sister in Potsdam, New York
Hattie~~My second great Aunt Harriet Willes Yancey~~Orrenda’s sister and living in Potsdam, New York
Edwin Webster~~My third cousin~~His mother was Jessie Maybell Carson Webster~~Grace’s sister~~Orrenda’s grandson.
Bernice~~My Third cousin~~Bernice Webster Newman~~Edwin’s sister
Ora Newman~~Bernice Webster Newman’s husband
Jany~~~Lavina Jane Flannagan Carson~~Ral’s wife
All other people mentioned in this letter are neighbors, friends, and citizens of Hamilton County, Indiana circa 1915.
Dear Grace, Cicero Jan 21, 1915
Your last letter received and read with pleasure. The ground is again covered with snow and the air is cold. But the sun is shining so it is pleasanter the gloomy, dark weather. I have been very well all winter and have been out considerable except when it was icy last evening. I went to the basement of the church where one of the Sunday School classes (Clare Meeks) of young girls held a social. They made four dollars last week.
Thursday I went to the Bob Jones Meeting in Noblesville in the afternoon. He spoke to ladies only. They have a tabernacle which holds nearly three thousand and it is full nearly every service and was then we stayed till night service. He is a great preacher indeed. He speaks here tomorrow afternoon in the Methodist Church.
Your Uncle Oliver sent me a card yesterday stating that Mr. George St. Clair died last Saturday morning. He has been sick for several months. They live in Monmouth, Ill.
I wrote you that the Hinshaws had sold out in the bank here and Ed Morris, Otto Russel, Vincent Case, and Elias Noble had taken stock. Mr. Metcalf has been in as President two years Lee Teacher as cashier for several years. Matters have not been going well for some time and people began to draw out their money quarterly. The Deputy State Auditor came out and closed the bank. People think those who have money in the bank will not lose any, but it has made quite a sensation.
I had a little in there and Ral had just put in forty dollars only yesterday morning, but he had some checks out to meet that. I hope they will open when they get the books straightened out as many think they will but matters are in a tangled mess at present. Henry Miller and wife and Alva Snider and daughter have been here again, Millers left Sunday and Sniders left yesterday. Snider has been quite prosperous and is in good circumstances and is a nice, agreeable man.
Millers have gone through all they had and will live on a rented farm when they return. Snider will return in a few days, but Millers will visit until Spring. Ral says Snider is good company, but Millers sit around and do nothing but eat. Janey has nothing to do with them now, since they have nothing.
I had a letter from Louisa yesterday. She has been poorly all winter, but Hattie is very well and has been since she went there. I gave Hattie a ‘hug-me-tite’ like mine when she was here and sent a lavender one to Louisa as a birthday present. Edwin Webster came to Noblesville with his father a week ago Saturday and slipped away from him and came here and stayed here until Sunday evening.
The Basket Ball Boys of Cicero has not been beat in fifteen games. They played with Westfield boys the night Edwin was here and beat as usual. Edwin said Bernice could not leave home for her [been] butter maker. (Ora Newman) was there two or three times a week. I only sent them Christmas Cards this year and did not even hear a word from them; Edwin said they were all well.
I have learned to make a little clover leaf edge I like and am now learning how to make little baskets. Mrs. Jenkins, our minister’s wife makes them.
Jany is over to Russels. She goes there most every morning as soon as her dishes are washed and stays till noon or time to get dinner. She seldom goes to Celie Wilson’s nor does Eilia very often come in here only on an errand never sits down unless I am alone when she will chat with me a while.
Mrs. Rickert has moved to Owen County and Perry Thach who married Pearl Seaey has moved there. Jany is quite thick with her.
There have been several cases of diphtheria but they were light and school is going on as usual. Mrs. Lanear is still very poorly does not sit up or turn herself in bed. Mrs. Beal has a nurse now. Mr. Beal has taken all care of her and done the work. The children sent the nurse. She is very poorly. Al Meinser has not been downstairs since Christmas; He has asthma and heart disease. Otto told me last night he did not think his father would ever be any better. Sallie never leaves him to go anywhere. John Edwards (Bingham Edwards) who was in the Army with Sam is very sick and not expected to live long.
We all with Henry Millers, went up to George Brights one day for dinner. That morning, Blanche phoned her Vera was very sick and she went the next morning and stayed over a week. Vera had peritonitis and was very sick. The doctor was there sixteen times at 2 dollars a visit. But when she come away she was better and with care might get well.
Galddis Dale is clerking in the store. Alf Carey and wife are in a restaurant and doing well.
The factory at Arcadia closed before Christmas because they could not sell their wares. They hope to begin again after the first of the Feb. The fires are started in the furnaces. Jany is getting a few eggs now so we have them for breakfast. They are young pidgeons nearly grown; four others are sitting. They do not use the boxes but make their nests on the floor. Ral does not have very much to do, one or two calls a day and he goes in his auto.
I am glad to hear both boys are in High School. There is another story in the Herald now, “The Return of Pollyanna” that is real good.
Now write often, I always think of your club Friday.
Love to all Your mother Carson