Letters from around the time of the Death of Charles Lee Scott, February 1914

Envelope post marked Feb 11, 1914, Kansas City Mo. to Mrs, C. L. Scott Guston Ky. postage 2 cents.
Letter in pencil on letterhead: "The Thornton & Minor Sanitarium, established 1877, private branch exchange both phones 1581 Main, practice limited to rectal and pelvic diseases, also diseases of women, physicians in charge Wm E. Minor, M.D., C.A. Federmann, M.D., C.I. Sulzbacher, M.D., Albert J. Maris, M.D. and associates"
Kansas City, MO. Feb 10 1914
My Dear Wife
     I will have to write and tell you the truth about my case.  After the Drs have made a thorough examination they find that I have cancer of the rectum in a form that they have treated in lots of cases and cured.  But to let it run much longer it would become incurable.  I am writing to the Bank tonight to make arrangements for a little more money.  The Drs told me if I wanted you here to write and have you come.  So I want you to come as soon as you get this.  Have Winfield to get you $50 or $100.00 and come as soon as you can get ready; take the train at Irvington at night and the Missouri Pacific at St Louis and you will get here next evening.  I will try and meet the train and if I am not there take a carriage and they will bring you here for 50 cts.  I am feeling as well as I did when I left home.  I was afraid before I left home that I had a serious trouble.  Now you be cheerful and don't feel bad for I know they have treated lots of cases like mine.  There are people here from nearly every state and you will feel at home when you get here.  I want you for my nurse.  If I had to hire one it would cost very high.  The Dr said I would not be at the hospital more than a week and a double room will cost $10.50 a week.  I would like to write more but I want to get this in the night mail.
Good bye yours CLS
Tell the boys to do the best they can.  Tell the boys that I don't expect I will be able to hire Albert this summer.  When I get cured I will try and make a hand.

Guston Feb. 14 - 1914

My Dear Children,
    I had a letter from Papa yesterday saying that the Drs had made an examination. And found that he has cancer of the rectum but he wrote hopefully and seemed to think they could cure him.
    But he wants me to come and stay with him, so I am getting ready to go tonight on the fast train. I feel so blue I can hardly write. You know a cancer is a serious thing. The weather is so bad it is pouring down rain, and freezing.  Looks like Aunt Mag is here and Mr. Jake.  Mr. Jake and Sallie want me to go to see Fannie and think I will if Charlie gets along all right.
    But I  so worry about him.
    Charlie has been gone a week today. Says he is feeling as well as usual.
    Papa said the Drs said he would not have to be in the Hospital more than a week. But might have to stay at the Sanitarium some time for the treatment.  Will send the address [The Thornton & Minor Sanitarium Tenth and Oak Sts. Kansas City, MO. on clipping attached.] hope to hear from you we will need something to cheer us up.
    Bless the Dear Children how I would love to see them
        Good bye love to all

(Walter Charles Scott b. 4/11/1909, age 4 )
(Walter Lee Scott b. 1/13/1886, age 28 -- father of Walter Charles Scott)
(Charles Lee Scott b. 2/9/1861, age 53 -- father of Walter Lee Scott)
(William Henry Scott b. 1849, age 65-- brother of Charles Lee Scott)

Envelope Post Marked 11 AM Feb 15, 1914 Shawnee Okla.
  two cents postage
From Wm H. Scott Box 82 Shawnee, Okla.
To C.L. Scott, Room 56 Thornton & Minor Building 10th & Oak Str
  Kansas City MO

Note on envelope: “Father Scott in Hospital, Dad in Shawnee”

Shawnee Okla Saturday night Feb 14, 1914
Dear Charles
I got your letter this evening and will answer at once.  I am sorry to hear of your condition and at a loss to give you any advice as to what is best for you to do.  Of course you know your own condition and I do not.  It seems to me that they are charging you an exorbitant price for the operation and that they could do it for less.  Of course there are lots of people who are operated on for piles.  But I don't know in what stage the cases are or whether that kind of operation is a dangerous one or not.  You stated in your first letter that they did not take cases that were incurable.  Now I suppose that if they operate on you that they consider your case as a curable one.  And it seems to me that if they can cure you that they would be willing to give you a written guarantee of a cure.  The prices you named are too much money to be paid out for an experiment.  I will say that I don't know how to advise you for the best.  In my own case I have been troubled at times with bleeding and protruding piles.  In which case I take a pill to soften up the bowels, bathe the parts in cold water to reduce the swelling, then anoint the parts with some good pile salve, then push the affected parts back in place and keep them there.  And I always get better.  In my case the longer they protrude or stick out the worse I get and more they swell.  But I suppose that your case is worse than mine.  So I don’t know how to advise.  In my case I will not submit to an operation until I think it is the last chance.  Walter (Lee Scott) got in this morning and we all were glad to see him.  And he is looking fine.  He said he was up with his plowing and work and just thought he would pay us a visit of a few days.  He said he had no idea we had a big town like this.  He and I took in the sights this evening.  He did not know you were there until I showed him your letter.  I am afraid he will not enjoy his visit so well since he read your letter.  You must write me again telling me how you are getting along and I hope you will get all right.  But you will have to quit hard work.  Yours W.H. Scott

 Postcard postmarked Feb 16, 1914
Kansas City, Missouri
To Mr. Walter Scott (Walter Lee Scott)
Alma, Arkansas
(From Adalisa Louise Hardaway to her kids)
My Dear Children
I arrived Kansas City Saturday evening found Papa doing very well he will go to the Hospital tomorrow am hoping that he is going to get along all right hope you are all well

From Adalisa Louise Hardaway Scott
To Walter Lee Scott, Uncle Harold Scott, Uncle Fletcher, Uncle Winfield, Aunt Mago (c. Feb. 17, 1914)
German Hospital
23rd and Holme Str.

Saturday Morning
My Dear Children,
     How I wish I had real cheering news but I have none yet they are trying now to get Papa’s bowel to move, but are having some trouble.  Can't tell what the out come will be.
     Mr. Claud Hardin came to see me yesterday afternoon and Fannie and Mr. Brameree came this morning.  If Papa gets so I can leave him, I will stay at Mrs. Hardin and Fannie until we can go home.  Mrs Hardin said she would come for me.
     Charlie is not suffering quite so much as he did yesterday but some of the symptoms are not good.
     I want Papa to turn the Jesse place and his part of the Stith place over to you four boys and let you pay us out of their calamity if papa gets well I don’t think he will ever be able to work any more.  Love you all,

Charles Lee Scott died February 22, 1914.

Postcard postmarked Feb 24, 1914
Kansas City, Missouri
To Mr. & Mrs. Walter Scott (Walter Lee Scott)
Alma, Arkansas
(From Adalisa Louise Hardaway to her kids)
Sunday Morning
Dear Children your Papa died this morning at 2 o’clock. Sent you a Telegram you don't know how sad I am will leave for home at nine 30
Envelope post marked June 12, 1914, San Francisco Cal, 1:30 AM from 2927 Sacramento St, San Francisco Cal to Mrs C L. Scott, Guston, Meade Ky Route #2.

San Francisco April 16, 1914
Dear Addie
    I was glad to here from you.  Sorry to learn you had lost your mother you know I can only think of them as I saw them last.  Aunt Mary and Aunt Kate is the only ones left.  Do you ever see Aunt Olive's daughters Loulu and Maggie?  So many times I think of all you people I usto know.  The Craycroft family is getting along in years.  I would see so many changes I would get lost and wouldn't know any body.  Which one of your boys is next to Walter?  He was creeping when I left there.  You say you had a sunshine January.  It was a month of rain in Calif.  We had two dry years, so the country needed it.  I think the crops will be good all over Calif.  Fruit was very high this last year.  I didn't can any and we missed it so.  We can buy some kinds of fruit all winter.  We have had strawberries for some time.  They are  high.  Is Maggie's daughters in Calif or have they gone back to Ky?  Isn't one of  the Drureys living here in San Francisco?  I guess I didn't know them.  I suppose you know Maud is in South Carolina, not far from Mrs Parrott.   Bishopville is the name of the town they live in.
    I commenced this letter some time ago, this is June 11th.  Seemed like  I could not get back to writing.  Two weeks ago we took a  trip up to Sonoma Ca.  That is where Aunt Minta lived, fine country.  Petaluma has grown so much in the last ten years.  It is a great chicken country.  The people we visited have 600 laying hens besides 1200 pullets.  Every body raises chickens up there.  We enjoyed our visit very much up there.  I hope Charlie received benefit at Sanitarium.  I will be glad to receive the picture you spoke of.  (If) you people are coming out here next year,  September, October and November are the best months in San Francisco.  May, June and July we can say beginning.  April some times.  August is good the months we have fog and the trade winds.  High fog we usto call it cloudy and the wind blowing off the ocean most any where in Cal has a better climate.  I never go out at night this time of year without my big coat.  All any one needs in San Francisco is a good tailor suit and plenty of waistes and a big coat for a bad day.  The buildings for the fair looking fine.  Some of them are finished, others are going up fast.  We can go up the hill three blocks and see most of the buildings.   I hope to see you folks next year.  I haven't a big house like you have.  Can't do it in the city.  We always have a spare bed, write to me as often as you can.  We are well, much love to you and family and friends,


Envelope post marked July 13, 1914 6PM Alma Ark, to Mr. Winfield Scott, Guston, Ky.

July 13, 1914
Dear Winfield:
     Walter says for me to answer your letter and in regard to the trees he says he thinks it will be all right to cut them.  He says you are there and know best what to do.  Have you had any rain yet.  It rained here ever day the first 9 days of July - 'tho the crops in the bottom weren't suffering from the drouth.  Ever one says this is the best cotton year they've had for ten years.  We've been eating corn for 3 weeks.  The boys didn't put in but enough corn to run them this year.  They lost one cutting of alfalfa on account of the web worm and the worms got into the cotton and they killed them with Paris Green.
   This week they're cutting and stacking the Johnson grass hay on the levee.  It sells for $10.00 per ton in winter.  Are getting 50 cents per bale for alfalfa all the time.
   We're having some hot weather.  Rena Lou and the whooping cough are coming on fine, but the baby stays puny.  The Doctor says she won't be herself til cool weather as the whooping cough leaves her weakened and causes her to not digest her food good.  We have to be so careful with her which causes her to be some spoiled.
    Tell Mother Scott and Maggie to consider this a letter to them also as it is about all I can do these hot days to exist.
   Was glad to hear the news of all the folks and sorry to  hear Aunt Lena is still sick.  Looks like I just can't find time to write to her.  I don't hear a word of how Grandma Stith's folks are - guess they're all busy and well.  Give Edith and babies my best regards.  Hoping to hear from you all soon.  With love, Ruth.