Possum & Joseph McJames

With so much to be sad and concerned about, Joseph McJames was not about to end his day unpleasantly. Writing to his daughter Mary Ellen, he could not wait to tell her about his possum.

The letter Mack received from Mary Ellen was filled with disappointment. There was the illness of Mack’s wife, too, that concerned everyone. Mack still had his house keeper Clary to rely on. At the age of 82, soon to be 83, this “fine Kentucky gentleman” as Mack was called was still in control. That discipline extended also to his possum.

Letter of Joseph McAlister James to his daughter Mary Ellen James-Saunders-Huestis

10 o’clock
Coffeyville, Oct. 2nd, 1901

Dear Ellen,

Have just read your letter. So sorry, so sorry for you and dear Maggie. And sorry Annie did not come. I feel sure they could have gotten a wise position. I could have gotten it for them.

Don’t be uneasy about your dear mother. If any difference, she is a little better than when you left. I am watching over her both day and night. Clary is here and won’t leave until you get back home. And if she does, I will find someone else.

Everything is going right. Don’t be uneasy. Bring Maggie with you.

I will see Mr. Hunt and will box up all in safe condition.

Send a postal often. Tell us of all things. Clary is all right.

Will have a fine possum for dinner. I caught (it) in her house stealing eggs.

Affectionately,
J. Mc. James


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Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadie's son, Terry Joseph White. ... See MoreSee Less

Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadies son, Terry Joseph White.

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Eric, My mom's name is Hadie. Ben is my dad. We used both names when setting up their Facebook account.

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