[Mrs.] L. E. Strentzel
Honey Grove Texas
Aug 14th 1892.
After the mishap with your cards I had no more paper to write to you until I arrived here so what ought to have been first, has turned out to be last. I believe little Helen’s card was sent from Abilene From there on to Fort Worth the country is very beautiful, mostly level with large groves of fine oak trees, while the prairies, thousands and thousands of acres, are covered with cotton and corn. The sail is a rich dark [loarn?] and the recent heavy rains have mad every thing look green like in May. When we passed through here in ‘49
this whole country was an Indian wilderness. We arrived at Fort Worth at [6?], and found my nephew awaiting us. He ordered carriage and went with us out to a fine new hotel[diacritic] recently completed, where we were very comfortably entertained, and had a magnifficent view of the City and surrounding country. The City. The city is beautifully located, and is considered to be a very healthy place Here I recognized one of our old camping grounds of ’49. From Fort Worth down to Harvey-Grove 150 miles, is almost one unbroken field of cotton and corn, with here and there fine groves of oak timber. On the cars I was introduced to the renowned congressman, Mills, a white haired dignified old gentleman. Came near seeing Gov. Hogg, but didn’t. On all the [trains?] in this country, one car is set apart for the negros, who are required by law to
occupy it when traveling, and the whites are not permitted to enter it. This car adjoined ours, and it so happened that day that many people were returning from a Sunday-school convention, and our car was so crowded that several men had to stand up, [Lacy?] among the rest. I said to him, why in the world did they not go into the negro car and get seats, as there was plenty of room, but he said they would be ordered out, as the whites are not allowed this privilege. Georgie and I had a good laugh over it, and I presume the negros did, for they seemed very hilarious. We were ushered into Honey-Grove by a severe rain-storm, at 2 o’clock when the train stopped the rain came one, and continued all night with thunder and lighting. I will tell in my next about my reception here. With much love to all. L. E. Strentzel.
1892 Aug 14
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.
Strentzel, Louisiana E., "Letter from [Mrs.] L. E. Strentzel to John Muir, 1892 Aug 14." (1892). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 189.
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