1st Friday Fair and colder. Herbert left,
this m. on his salesman route; will return tonight. Mr. Hunter
is also a traveling salesman and expects to leave on the
train. He came tonight.
2nd Sat. Fair. Nothing special thru the
day. Mr. Chappell, Ora’s father came in and took supper
with us. He invited me to his home.
3rd Sunday night.
Partly cloudy thru the day. We all went to S.S. I taught Mr. Weaver’s
class. No preaching, but the pastor, J.E. Holden, had previously
told five men he wanted them to give 3 reasons why they were thankful;
and then he left it open for any to do likewise. He announced that I
would preach, tonight. After dinner, Mr. & Mrs. Chappell, Ora’s
parents came in; soon after. We went to ride in the automobiles.
Mr. Chappel’s and Herbert's. Mr. C. and H. and Leon
in H.’s car. Mrs. Chappel, Ora, Mildred, Mrs. Harvey Martin
and her 2 little girls – Audrey and Agnes: Ronald Chappel
[unrecognizable word] the car. I conducted the service tonight,
and had a large congregation. Text - “Heb. 2:3” So grate salvation”.
Several kindly came up and said they enjoyed the service. I did not
feel much in the spirit of preaching. Whole service was less than an
hour. Closed service with a song and the benediction.
4th Mon. Mostly fair, today, and warmer. Nothing
5th Tues. Partly fair, this m. - heavy rain
just before day. Tues.Night. It has been fair today. Nothing special
Fair and cooler. Our
Conference convenes, this morning, in
Memorial Church, Durham. We (Ora and the children) are
going to spend the day, or take dinner, with her sister, Mrs.
Magnus L. Martin. Mrs. J.E. Holden, wife of the pastor,
called me up, and insisted on me holding Prayer Meeting, tonight. I
consented. Well, we are back home after a pleasant visit as stated
above. Mrs. Conner, eldest sister of Ora, came in the
afternoon, her little girl – Lucile – came in the morning. We
are to go to Ora’s father’s home, tomorrow, I am informed. We
expect Herbert back home tonight. Ora, the children,
Mildred and Leon, and I went to prayer meeting. Had but a few out,
as a service was not really expected. We were back by
7th Thurs. Fair. About
11-30, Ronald Chappell came for us, (in
his father’s car) to go out to their home. Herbert’s family,
Mr. Martin’s family and I went, taking on the way Lucile Conner
(6) a niece, and the granddaughter of Mr. Chappell. We had a
good country dinner – just the kind preachers like. We all returned
home a little before sundown after a very pleasant day’s visit. It is
some cooler tonight.
8th Fri. .Fair this m. I rec’d a letter from
S.R. Thompson, last evening: he sent me the bal. on the horse and
buggy – ck for $55.00. He also gave an invitation for me to spend
Christmas, and an unlimited visit. Ora and her children –
Mildred & Leon, and Mrs. Mangus Martin and her children,
Stewart and Harold, and I, all went to see their sister – Mrs.
Archie Conner; they were in hog works there. Herbert came
back home tonight: he made me a generous offer if I would go to see his
brother – Ed & family. Think I will go.
9th Sat. Cloudy. A sprinkle of rain:
cleared off cooler this afternoon.
Fair and colder. We all went to S.S. I was pressed into service as
teacher of the Wesley Bible Class. Herbert and I went to service
Baptist Church – Rev. Cole Pastor. Mr. Archie Conner and
wife and their two little girls came to see us this afternoon; Mrs.
J.E. Holden the wife of the P.C., here, came awhile after, then came
Mrs. Miller and her two children, and following her came Mrs.
Benthal and her two children. So we had quite a social gathering.
We are not at church tonight.
11th Mon. Cloudy. Herbert left, this
m. to be gone until Thurs. night, so he bade me goodbye, as I am to
leave, tomorrow, D.V. [Deo Volente - God willing] It has been
raining, today. I rec’d, as a present from Herbert, a shirt and
four prs black socks, which I appreciate cordially as a gift of pure
12th Tues. Rain before and after daylight. I
left, this m. in a buggy for Kelford – eight miles from
Square. Allen Shoulders driving. Fair the latter part of the
morning. It was hard parting from Mildred and Leon. Got to
2 o’clock. Came to Mr. Clyde Harrison’s for the night;
after having first seen him in his store. As the “Mot” leaves for Swan
8 a.m. tomorrow. I will have to leave a day sooner than I
expected. My welcome was cordial.
13th Wed. Fair. Mr. Clyde Harrison
went to the boat with me taking my suit-case for me. He went to his
store, and he gave me some butter, and a pkg. of “Teco” [self-rising
pancake flour], and some fruit
to eat on the boat. Rev. R.R. Grant was a passenger; and Jim Brinn
also, on the Mot. We left a few ms. before
9 a.m. got here (Swan Qr.) a few minutes after
3 p.m. Bot. some presents for Mamie and her children
here and took them to them. I ate supper with them. Mamie gave
me a dollar with which to buy me a walking stick, next week, on my way
to Cameron. I met Jethro Hooper and Geo. Fearing, here.
I knew them when they were boys, one on Hattaras; the other in
City. I am to breakfast with Hooper tomorrow.
14th Thurs. Fair and cold, very cold. Ate
breakfast with Hooper. It has been cold all day. I slept none
too warm last night.
15th Friday Cloudy; rain this m. Got up about
this morning. Ate dinner at the Swindell Hotel – invited by Mrs.
Swindell. “The Ladies Aid” gave a bazaar tonight. I went: bot only
16th Sat. Fair and cold and windy. 34° at
Bath this p.m.
17th Sunday. Fair. In absence or tardiness of
the Supt., I opened the S.S. Met my class. Ate dinner and supper at
Mamie’s. Carlos Berry and his wife, Helen [Jarvis],
and babe were there, too. At Service in ourCh. tonight.
18th Monday. Cloudy. Left on the “Mot” for
Washington, N.C. Rained on the way, and there. Went to Clyde
Harrison’s, as usual. Warmly recd by the family. Heavy
rain after supper time.
Fair. A little snow on the houses. This p.m., I went to see our P. E.,
Rev C. L. Read. He came up town with me.
Left on N.S. train for Raleigh, at
6-55 a.m., got there about
Left at 4-40 p.m. on S.A.L. train for Cameron. On the train, Katie
Tyson, of Vass came and spoke to me after leaving Sanford. Miss
Jacksie Muse of Cameron took a seat with me, and we renewed our
pleasant acquaintance. We got off at Cameron. I fell on a concrete
pavement but sustained no damage worth mentioning. I came to Dr. M.L.
Matthews’ home, rang the bell, stepped off the porch; as two girls
opened the door. I asked if that was the Hotel, and if I could stay for
the night. As the girls, Olivia, and her young cousin Velma
M. went to see about it, I followed to the family room, was
recognized and welcomed. Olivia jumped to me, put her arms
around my neck. Dr. M. soon came in and added his welcome. The
reception was cordial.
and warmer. Dr. M. and I went to the parsonages. The retiring
pastor, Rev. W.B. Humble is preparing to move to Elizabethtown.
Dr. M. gave me a pair of pants, as my others need cleaning at the
knee where I fell, last night. Mrs. M. darned them, and did it
22d Friday. Went
with Dr. M., in his car, to Vass, while there, I visited several
homes, hurriedly, and was most pleasantly greeted. Ate dinner at
Bro. Angus Cameron’s, my old house. We returned to Cameron. At
night we attended an entertainment at the Academy. I received a fine
pair of kid gloves today from Neppie as her Christmas gift.
Olivia M. left for a visit to her maternal grandmother’s in
Yadkin Co., before day. Arthur Thompson came after me, this m.,
driving my old Dan and the same buggy I once owned. Ed. Thompson’s
family recd me cordially. John and
Ford. T. are here on a visit for Christmas time. They live
in Hamlet. We all went to the school house to a Christmas tree. I got
a stick pin, the gift of precious Sallie T. There were
recitations &c. & Santa Claus, too. Several there I had known.
Cloudy. Arthur and I drove old Dan out to S.S. at Johnson’s
Grove (One of my former churches) I taught Dr. Matthews’ (J. H.)
Bible Class, in his absence. Sacks of confectioneries & fruit were
distributed. I got one, too. Bro. A. Cameron, one of the
biggest hearted men in the world, put a V. in my hand as a Christmas
gift. I was grateful. Several invitations to me. Tonight, at E.B.
Thompson’s (my host) I baptized his baby girl – Alita, and
Alsie T’s boy – Russell, and Relmond, their sister’s
[unrecognizable word] – Will McCraney son. Yesterday,
Ernestine Matthews was 18, and I gave her 18¢.
She gave me a Handkerchief, later.
Christmas Day. The sun is now (10-40 a.m.) shining out. At Grandma Thompson’s for supper and
night. Several members of her scattered family are here. Joe T.
and Paul Davis (his wife’s brother) and Roby T. and wife,
Aberdeen; Clyde Thompson, wife and Mazie, of Vass. All
spent the day, and all seemed to enjoy themselves.
Cloudy with a little sunshine. I returned to Ed’s and found
Mrs. Edwin Thomas & 5 children here. I baptized the children, using
our service for the larger ones, and the infant service for the small
ones. Glennie T. and I came to Mr. Bennett Cox’s for the
night; but before we left home, Mary, and Lenora Cox and
Lillian Henderson came. I took Lenora in the buggy with
me and G., and drove to near L.'s home, and she and G.
got out, and I drove back and met the other 2 girls, took them in, gave
them the horse to drive home. I visited, for a few minutes, Ab.
Thomas’ family (he was away) and then at Mr. Peele’s; then I
walked over to B.L. Cox’s home.
Cloudy, and a little rain. Glennie and I returned home about
9 a.m. Nothing, else, special, to record.
Ed. left for Hoffman; John, Fred and Bryant left for
Hamlet, today. Ate dinner at Grandma Thompson’s – Rain about
noon and after. Mary is to sleep with me, tonight.
Cooler & broken clouds. Arthur T. brot. me to Vass, this m. Am
at A. Cameron’s, of course. Dr. J.H. Matthews prescribed
for me, and gave me a dollar as a Christmas gift. Attended a “Singing”
at Pres. Ch. tonight.
Clear and colder. Nothing to record, today.
Fair, colder. At S.S. at Johnson’s Grove. At Pres. Ch. for service.
At W.J. Cameron’s for the night.