Any letter that comes into the archives where I volunteer that mentions ‘hogs’ and ‘lard’ in the same paragraph is guaranteed to get scanned. One of my favorite collections in the Kingsport Archives is the A. Preston Gray Family Papers. I blogged about it when items from it were featured in our “One Family at a Time” exhibit.
In 1923, A. Preston Gray was a minister in Shreveport, Louisiana for Kings Highway Church of Christ.
Dear Rev. and daughter,
I will drop you a few lines to let you hear from me. I am well as could be expected. Hope you are both well.
I have killed my hogs. Got two cans of lard; they was fine, and ten cans of sausage and packed down two gal. crocks full.
Do you think you can read this? I can not see even a black mark ok. I never expect to see you as I have. It worries me so much I can not see.
Ada is trying to guide me but she has a ??
From your dear mother,
Sarah C. Gray
P.S. I am sending you a picture of a [grandson ??]
In spite of Sarah’s failing vision, she was industrious, practical, and affectionate. Qualities not always evident in our digital, social media-driven society today.
Feature image: A. Preston Gray at the Pulpit of Kings Highway Church of Christ, undated