I have rescheduled the previously-announced post on death in favor of something more light-hearted and seasonal. Below is Sister Amelia Carling’s 1901 Dec 05, Thursday, diary entry. Carling, with companion Sarah Giles, was a missionary in north-eastern Kansas. They were staying with a church member, Sister Hedges (first name not given). Elder Judd was another missionary.
The next morning when we awoke and looked out we saw the landscape covered with the pure white cloak of winter. It was a beautiful sight. The first snow of the season.
Well, Sarah and I, girl like, had to get out and take a run in the snow.
Sister made the pancakes for breakfast and she made Sister Hedges and I eat more than we wanted, but we had a good deal of sport while eating them. At about ten o’clock Elder Judd came walking down the road. Sarah was just unbraiding her hair which she had braided in small braids so as to have it nice and crimpy. I nearly made myself sick laughing at her when we told her Elder Judd was coming. She jumped and danced and squeeled like a little frantic child. Sister Hedges and I caught her and held her until he came in. That little joke was the first I had been able to get on her and she is frequently getting jokes on the rest, and especially me. About one o’clock we started for Bro. Hills’. When we got out in the yard Elder Judd took some snow and threw on sister Giles. Sister thot it was me so she washed my face and a little snow ball fight followed but I being so much more fleshy, was not quick enough for her so she got the best of the “battle.” I was a pretty looking object. Had just had my hair washed so it all came down and my face was all streaked with dirt which was picked with the snow. We had a good laugh but we were so far from neighbors that no one saw nor heard any thing so it did not matter. We arived at bro. Hills’ at one o’clock. After half an hours’ visit we all went down to R.S. meeting. We had a nice cool ride thru the mud. Our meeting was very good. After meeting went back to bro. hills spent the evening in singing, talking and working at fancy work.
The “Southwestern States Mission” series (homepage) examines mission life in (mostly) Texas around 1900.