December 1896

Friday, December 5, 1896

Frank started for Philadelphia with a car-load of apples. This is the third time that apples have been sent there on the 5” of Dec.

Tuesday, December 9, 1896

Very rainy this eve. Frank came home tonight. Walked up from the village in the rain. Left Phil. at 1 o’c P.M. arr’d in N. 8.15.

Made quick time coming home. He spent Sun. in N.Y. Heard Rev. Charles Park-hurst preach twice.

Aunt Susan, Uncle Barrus and cousin Eliza took dinner here this noon.

Note: Rev Charles Henry Parkhurst, originally from Massachusetts, found his place in the history books by actions he took in 1892. As President of the New York Society for the Prevention of Crime, he campaigned against the corruption of Tammany Hall and the police. He preached a fiery sermon about it that caught widespread attention, but didn’t have the evidence at the time.

The mayor and those associated with him are polluted harpies. Under the pretence of governing the city they are feeding day and night on its quivering vitals. They are a lying, perjured, rum-soaked, libidinous lot . . . Every effort to make men respectable, honest, temperate and sexually clean is a direct blow between the eyes of the mayor and his whole gang of lecherous subordinates, in the sense that while we fight iniquity, they shield and patronize it; while we try to convert criminals they manufacture them, and they have a hundred dollars invested in the manufacturing business to every one invested in converting machinery… Police and criminals all stand in with each other. It is simply one solid gang of criminals, one half in office and the other half out.

He followed up his sermon by hiring a detective and even doing his own incognito investigations. His next sermon on the topic had affidavits. His public campaign, and the evidence found by his investigations, eventually led the New York Senate to establish the Lexow Committee, which led to police reform and the election of a reform mayor. Rev Parkhurst was about 50 at the time of these events. He died at the age of 93 from a fall while sleepwalking.

Thursday, December 11, 1896

Pleasant mild day. I went to town with Aunt Susan and cousin Eliza.

Grandma gave me money to buy a bonnet and hat for Emma $4.25.

Frank has hard work to keep around. He has a hard cold and he is lame from lifting.

Saturday, December 13, 1896     

I went to the village this A.M. Did several errands.

Sunday, December 14, 1896  

Rainy this morn – but pleasant before noon. Papa and I did not go to church. They took up a collection for Home Missions – rec’d $101 + There was over a hundred in Sunday school.

Mattie came home to dinner.