Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bessie Morgan Rex. Letter to Harold June 7, 1938.

Percy Harold Rex's cattle 1920.

Randolph, Utah
June 7, ‘38

My dear boy,

Here I am neglecting you. Dear, last week just vanished before my eyes. However, we received your airmail letter. I waited until Wed. to talk things over with your father. Then everything piled in so thick and fast, I couldn’t keep up. So, Pres. Howell has put it into your head to go to Europe. I think he does that to every missionary. Well, it is out of the question to borrow money, but daddy thinks he can sell a couple of cows, and we will send it the first part of August. It will be a grand trip for you certainly.

My I should have hurried this off shouldn’t I.  I forget about the time it takes. Well figure on going, and I’ll write you more next week. I get to see your father once a week—Sundays. And then he is so busy, it is hard to get a word in.

Summer is coming along fine Gardens are up—mosquitoes are up—Ah yes everything.  Yesterday the boys and Flora and I went up the canyon for shrubs. It is beautiful up there.

Winnies taking her state exams today and tomorrow. I do hope she

doesn’t get too excited. She made a grand little graduate.

Saw young Jack when I was down.  I am surprised at him. It seems to me he is wasting so much good time, just fooling around. Jr. Morgan is to be married this month, and has hardly a job. I am surprised there too. 
Saw a sweet little girl from Evanston Sunday. She was with a good looking fellow. I didn’t know him.

This was to be just a note. Have been up since 4:30 watering the garden. Don’t worry. I shall lie down during the day. The boys are out milking.

I haven’t had time to even read something good this last week. I do feel life wasted when I can’t find some good thot in a week. Flora danced last Sat. night, and I made her costume. My it was work.  She goes to Kemmerer Sat. and later to Evanston. They are good at it. Well dearie I must close. Such an uninspiring letter. I shall try to do better. Must get this off. Dear I wont see you until Xmas now. Well, I guess I can stand it. All send their best love, and prayers for your continued success.

Lovingly, Mother.

Note: Bessie Morgan Rex's youngest daughter Flora danced with other Randolph children in Evanston, Wyoming in 1938. Twelve years later Bessie's oldest daughter Helen returned from California and lived in Woodruff, Utah. She joined other Rich County mothers and took her daughter Bessie to dance lessons in Randolph and Evanston. The Rich County children pictured here are cousins.


  1. Mom never mentioned being in dance classes. How cool that her mother made her costume. Wouldn't it be neat to have it today! I love the picture of you and the others.

  2. Dancing seemed to be "the thing" in Randolph for children in 1938 and 1950. Sadly eight-year-old Flora lost her Mother that year (1938). Her dance memories and those of her performances in neighboring communities, along with her costume, seem to have passed when her Mother did.

  3. Well at least I know where I get my "I won't borrow money" from